New Zealander Logan Currie has signed a one-year contract at Lotto Dstny, discovering a persevered pathway within the ProTeam ranks in spite of the announcement by way of house workforce Bolton Equities Black Spoke that it will wind down on the finish of 2023.
Currie made the transfer as much as ProTeam degree at the beginning of this season, in keeping with the New Zealand squad which he had raced with since 2021. On the other hand, the workforce final week introduced that it will now not handiest be not able to proceed on the ProTeam degree past its preliminary 12 months within the class, however could not cross on as a Continental workforce both because of a loss of sponsors.
That has left a variety of the 22-year-old’s teammates with out contracts for 2024, however Currie is now a few of the handful that experience showed they have got discovered a brand new house. The Belgian squad is in search of the rider from New Zealand to lend a hand make stronger the workforce throughout hilly terrain and in smaller degree races.
“I’m nonetheless very younger, however I imagine myself as a GC rider and time trial specialist. I’m now not a cobble or vintage specialist,” stated Logan, who lived in Belgium the previous 3 years.
“I like racing right here [Belgium], however I’m extra a rider for the GC and a time trial specialist. I need to lend a hand the workforce in laborious mountaineering races or chase the escapees in flat levels for our sprinters. I need to improve the workforce up to imaginable and when I am getting the danger to head for [my] personal outcome, I can clutch this chance with each fingers.”
Currie has confirmed talents within the race in opposition to the clock, having gained a junior nationwide identify in 2019 after which taking back-to-back U23 time trial gold medals at New Zealand nationals in 2022 and 2023. In 2022, he earned the Oceania Continental Championships U23 time trial gold medal and was once fourth at Worlds.
No longer handiest does Currie have GC ambitions, however the workforce sees him as a promising rider to arrange sprinters like Arnaud De Lie in one-day races and search alternatives throughout one-week occasions. Closing season he gained the most efficient younger rider classification at Global Excursion of Hellas and rolled robust into the second one part of the 12 months with most sensible 15 total at 2.Professional Excursion of Denmark, taking the most efficient younger rider identify there as neatly.
“Logan remains to be an overly younger, however a promising rider. We don’t have a large number of riders together with his profile and he’ll make stronger our workforce within the smaller degree races and in races with a hilly parcours,” stated Sports activities Supervisor Kurt Van de Wouwer.
With the signing of Currie, the Lotto Dstny squad introduced its roster to 29 riders.