Tony Gallopin to join Lotto-Belisol from RadioShack-Leopard on two-year contract
Last Updated: August 6, 2013 4:48pm
Tony Gallopin won Clasica San Sebastian last month
Tony Gallopin, the 25-year-old Frenchman who soloed to victory at the Clasica San Sebastian last month, will join Lotto-Belisol at the end of the season.
Gallopin has signed a two-year deal and is set to play a key role for the Belgian team in both one-day Classics and stage races.
He moves from RadioShack-Leopard, which is coming under new ownership and will be known as Trek from next season.
Lotto-Belisol manager Marc Sergeant said: "With Tony Gallopin, we reinforce our core considerably. He is only 25, the past years he has shown impressive examples of his talent and there doubtlessly is still room for progression.
"Tony is a rider who can be put into action on many terrains. Of course, there are the French races, like Paris-Nice, but also in the Classics he can play an important role for Lotto-Belisol."
Gallopin's impressive win in the Clasica San Sebastian, when he rode solo away from the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Roman Kreuziger on the day's final climb, was the biggest victory of his career to date.
He previously won the best young rider classification at last year's Tour of Oman and Bayern-Rundfahrt and has been singled out as one of France's most promising riders.
He will join Lotto-Belisol on January 1 and admitted the team's ability to be competitive in one-day and stage races alike was a pivotal factor in his decision to join.
He said: "I will be in a team with tradition, that has leaders who have already proved themselves, in the sprint, in the Classics, as well as in the Grand Tours, and where I will be able to take my own chance in the races that suit me well.
"The entire period from Paris-Nice [in March] until Liège-Bastogne-Liège [in April] is marked in my agenda."
Gallopin will be joined at Lotto-Belisol by his girlfriend, Marion Rousse, who already rides for the women's team.