On the first of July Tim Wellens has become a pro at Lotto Belisol. He's got a contract until the end of 2014. The Limburger was already a member of the U23-team of Lotto Belisol. The 21-year old Wellens makes his début the 15th July in the GP José Dubois in Isières. Later on he rides the Tour de la Région Wallonne. Wellens is totally up for the switch to the pros.
Tim Wellens: "I think I'm actually ready for my pro début. I've already shown that in the U23-category. I trained hard so I'm up for it. Especially the way of racing will be the hardest adjustment: it's much more controlled, in the beginning there is ridden very fast and at the end. That is totally different than with the U23-category I think. There will be a big difference in speed."
Tim Wellens: "That choice was made in consultation with my trainer because I have been a bit ill and it is better not to start than to start unprepared, especially in my first pro race."
In the beginning of the year was announced that Wellens, student energy technology, would make the transfer to the pros. January was too soon because Wellens is still so young, that's why was waited until 1st July. He's happy with the six months of extra time because he's again a bit older to make the adjustment. In the first half of the season he gained the victory three times. Wellens is a climber. This season he was second in the Vuelta a Navarra and in the Tour of Tuscany. He hopes he can slowly grow with the pros.
Tim Wellens: "I'm looking forward to the stage races because I can time-trial pretty good and climb, so normally that's a good combination. This year it's mostly watching and learning and next year it is stepping up a bit higher. I don't really impose ambitions upon myself, but I'd like to show myself. And especially help the team well."
We wish Tim the best of luck with his pro début.