Published on : 05/20/2023
The 28-year-old Belgian rider, who joined Cofidis in 2020, has extended his contract for two more seasons. A key member of the team in one-day races and a model teammate, he wants to continue to use his talent and selflessness to help Cofidis shine.
In the space of four seasons, Piet Allegaert has established himself as a key member of the Cofidis team. At 28 years old, the Belgian rider has the same values as the team, the same will to give everything, to sublimate himself to aim for victories and to make Cofidis shine. Piet has also distinguished himself on several occasions, whether in Paris-Bourges (4th in 2021), the Tro Bro Léon (2nd in 2021) or Cholet-Pays de la Loire (3rd this year).
A great sense of teamwork
A regular in the one-day races, he is one of the key players in the Belgian race campaign each spring. Piet has competed in 11 classics for Cofidis. In 2021, he discovered the demands of a grand tour by taking part in the Vuelta, where he finished five times in the top 10. "That was my best memory," admits the Belgian who loves new challenges.
His progress and his knowledge of the race offer him great perspectives as well as his sense of teamwork. This is what he shows this weekend on the roads of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque where he contributes to support his leaders. A model team-mate, who never hesitates to give everything for the team.
Piet Allegaert: "I was very happy to learn that Cofidis wanted to extend my contract so early in the season. I feel very good in this team, I already have a lot of very good memories. I appreciate the race programme that the team is preparing for me with the possibility of racing in all the Belgian Classics. We have a similar team for these races and I find it really interesting to build and work together. I will do my best to live up to the team's expectations over the next two seasons.
Cédric Vasseur, general manager: "We are delighted to continue the adventure with Piet, who has become a valuable member of the team over the seasons.
From a human as well as a sporting point of view, Piet is a rider appreciated by all, capable of playing the leading roles when he has the opportunity to do so, but also capable of supporting the team when he takes on the role of rider and pilot fish for our sprinters.
I am sure that Piet still has room for improvement, he is in his best years and we will do everything to help him reach the next level, especially in the classics. He will also have an essential role to play around Axel Zingle by putting all his experience and knowledge of the one-day races in Belgium at his service."