Team Visma | Lease a Bike set to sign Victor Campenaerts

There is only a little over month and a half for the transfer period to officially open in cycling but Team Visma | Lease a Bike has already been making moves. Victor Campenaerts, former rider of the team, is set to return according to reports.

This is argued by both Het Nieuwsblad and Wielerflits. Both sources have argued strongly that it has been confirmed between Campenaerts and the Dutch team, and that the new deal will have a duration of three years. Campenaerts would become another piece in the team's strong cobbled classics block but could also become a prime domestique in the Grand Tours, having a big amount of experience and one of the biggest engines to race on flat roads.

Lotto Dstny are having relative financial stress and with the emergence of Arnaud De Lie, Maxim van Gils and Lennert van Eetvelt; the Belgian ProTeam needs to put in a lot of focus to assure it's new leaders remain on board. Campenaerts joined the team in 2022 but was not able to bring in World Tour victories as he's done in the past. At 32 years of age, the former Giro d'Italia stage winner and double European time-trial champion is looking to find a new role in the peloton.

That should come in the form of a domestique at Visma. He already raced with this team in 2016 and 2017, at the time being one of the best time-trialists in the world. Currently, the level is significantly higher and he is not able to fight for wins at the highest level in the discipline, and changed his focus on the classics and hilly races.

Visma are hence getting their seconds classics rider, as it is quite likely that the team will also be able to bring in Cofidis' Axel Zingle, who would also reinforce this field. The team's women setup is also set to take in Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, an important multi-discipline addition.

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