Willie Smit has become known to the general public during the dispute of the last Tour of Spain, when he managed to finish the race despite having suffered an important cut on one of his knees. However, this cyclist was already on the radar of the Burgos team: “We have been following him since 2017, when he came to compete in Spain as an amateur and added very worthy results to be taken into account. He won two classics, took stages in Galicia , Zamora and Segovia and the generals of Segovia and León. At that time we have already tried to sign him and since then we have always taken him into account, “says Julio Andrés Izquierdo, general manager of Burgos-BH.
Willie Smit, on the other hand, has also shown his satisfaction: “I feel very happy to run with Burgos-BH. For me, Spain is my second country. I love working with Spaniards and this calendar is the best for a runner of my In addition, Burgos-BH has offered me a very exciting sports project. I know that I will have more freedom than in Katusha, but at the same time that is a responsibility that I needed at this point in my career. The triumph of Angel Madrazo in the Tour of Spain has set the bar very high for all the riders of the team, but we must start the 2020 season with the ambition to improve that level since the first race of the year, “the South African finishes.
Burgos coach Julio Andrés Izquierdo adds: “Smit is going to adapt very well. He spends great seasons of the year in Spain, knows the language and is a runner who exceeds the average mountain well and is fast. In addition, he has quality to get into leaks, even from top level races, so I’m sure it will give us many joys. “