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Jon Dibben rejoins WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal move

Joe Robinson
9 Sep 2019

Young Brit given second chance in cycling's top flight with one-year deal

Jonathan Dibben will be afforded a second crack at the WorldTour after signing a one-year deal with Lotto-Soudal. The 25-year-old was confirmed as the latest signing for the Belgian team, and will join from British Continental squad Madison Genesis, who are set to fold at the end of 2019.

This will be Dibben's second stint in cycling's top flight having spent two seasons with Team Sky from 2017 to 2018.

Despite a stage win at the Tour of California in 2017, the Southampton native was released by Team Sky at the end of last season and remained without a team until May of this year, when he returned to professional cycling with Madison Genesis.

After meeting the Lotto-Soudal team at this year's Tour de France, Dibben agreed a short-term deal to join the team as part of their Classics roster and as support for sprinter Caleb Ewan, a challenge Dibben is relishing.

'The role I will have in the team and the races that will be on my schedule seem perfectly suited to what I want to be doing or what I think I can I do well at in racing,' said Dibben.

'In the past, I have been involved in the sprints and I have already worked in lead-outs. With the way Caleb Ewan has shown himself this year and with John Degenkolb arriving next year, it will stress the sprint aspect in the team even more.

'The kind of lead-out riders are really important in racing, which is something I am very good at. Lotto Soudal is also a Belgian team, so they know all about the Classics. The team really suits my character as a rider and I’m really looking forward to it.'

The move to Lotto-Soudal will hopefully revive Dibben's career. Before being riding for and being released by Team Sky, Dibben had been part of the British Cycling Track Academy, a time in which he became points World Champion while also riding for Team Wiggins.

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