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Victor Campenaerts strikes back at Bradley Wiggins's claims he should join Team Ineos

Belgian Hour Record holder gives a frank response to Wiggins after he claims Lotto-Soudal are stuck in the 1970s

Joe Robinson
23 May 2019

Recent Hour Record breaker Victor Campenaerts had a choice response for Bradley Wiggins after the retired rider suggested he join Team Ineos to further his career.

Talking on his Eurosport podcast 'The Bradley Wiggins Show', Wiggins was asked about Campenaerts's poor bike change in the individual time trial during the Stage 9 of the ongoing Giro d'Italia.

It appeared that the spare bike had been left in too big a gear, costing Campenaerts precious seconds which ultimately cost him the stage victory as Primoz Roglic bettered the Belgian by 11 seconds. 

This caused Wiggins to say: 'He's in a Belgian team - the biggest Belgian team - Lotto-Soudal, that's still acting like it's 1974,'

'If he went to Sky [Team Ineos], he'd see the difference. What will happen is that they [Lotto] will offer him a load of money, he'll re-sign for three years, and he'll stay there, and it's like you could be so much more Victor.'

Campenaerts was then asked about this by Belgian television network Sporza giving a frank comment in response.

'I also read and saw it. What can I say about it,' wondered Campeneaerts. 'I think he hasn't seen the team here yet how we have set the Hour Record. We've broken his f*****g Hour Record, right.' 

The 27-year-old then further addressed Wiggins's claim that his Lotto-Soudal team were in the past saying the team had actually made progress in recent years.  

'We may indeed look more like a traditional team, but a lot of progress has been made, certainly in terms of time-trial since my arrival. And with Kevin De Weert we've taken major steps. The Hour eecord was the perfect proof of that,' said Campenaerts.

Campeneaerts is out of contract at the end of 2019 but is expected to extend with Lotto-Soudal, who he joined from LottoNL-Jumbo in 2018. 

Currently racing the Giro d'Italia, Campenaerts beat Wiggins's Hour Record last month at the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico setting a new distance of 55.089km, just over 500m further than Wiggins 2015 distance.