We are delighted to announce that Belgian star Victor Campenaerts will join our team in 2020 in what is a marquee addition, as we rebrand to Team NTT. The Team will complete the 2019 season under the Dimension Data brand and rebrand to wear the colours of NTT for the start of the 2020 season.
The time trial specialist boasts a stellar palmarès that also has the unique distinction of including the World One-Hour record, set in Mexico earlier in 2019, where he completed a distance of 55.089 kilometres.
It was an achievement that has been one of the highlights of the cycling season and, together with the team involved, underscores his attention to detail and meticulous level of preparation at every level. It is this degree of commitment Victor has demonstrated in putting into the goals that he sets himself that also perfectly aligns with the vision of our team, together with our technology and technical partners.
The 27-year-old turned professional in 2014 with Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise where he spent two seasons before stepping up to the WorldTour with LottoNL-Jumbo. Thereafter he will have spent two seasons at Lotto Soudal before stepping in this “new adventure” with Team NTT.
In 2013, before turning professional, he secured not only the Belgian u23 ITT title but also the European u23 ITT title. In 2016 he won his first senior national TT championships and the following year was crowned the European continental champion.
In 2018 he was third at the World Championships, along with being crowned once again both the European and Belgian champion.
In 2019, with his focus primarily on his successful World One-Hour record, Campenaerts also secured two impressive second place stage finishes during the Giro dÍtalia, a second place on GC and a stage win at the Baloise Belgium Tour as well as winning the time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.
“I’m really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year. The contact that I had with the team earlier on (in the year) was immediately really positive – with riders at first, then with some of the staff and later on directly with Doug Ryder. The common interests were very positive for both parties, and we didn’t need talk too much in order for us to agree on working together.
“I had two super good years with Lotto Soudal, it was a really positive experience and it was really difficult to leave the team but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. I’m sure that this is a step forward in my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
“Welcoming Victor into our team is hugely exciting. His pedigree is exceptional and, in particular, to have someone join us with his time trialling ability is a huge boost for the whole team and for our bike partner BMC as we continue to innovate together. Victor has huge ambitions for next year with which we believe through our partners NTT and ALE and how we use technology, we are able to achieve great things together.
“2020 is a big year which of course includes the Olympic Games in Tokyo as a major highlight for many riders. Our title sponsor, NTT, has its roots in Japan and so to prospectively have Victor challenging for a medal there will be a fantastic moment for us.”