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Lauk continues in a French amateur team

Karl Patrick Lauk, who has experienced setbacks, continues in a French amateur team.

Celebrating this announcement on his 23rd birthday, Karl Patrick Lauk, was caught in a difficult situation after last season. There was no new pro contract on the table.

Last year he rode for the Groupama-FDJ Continental Team. Four of his teammates took a step up for 2020 and will continue on either a World Tour or ProContinental Team.

Lauk, who had previously been a stagiere at Astana, crashed seriously at the end of the season at the World Championships and had to accept the misfortune. My mindset went pretty black and the question raised itself, "What's next?"

Fortunately, he was accepted onto the French amateur team, Team Pro Immo Nicolas Roux. Lauk also competed for the same team between 2016 and 2018.

The environment is familiar as well as the Sports Directors. The main DS, Nicolas Vogondy, has a successful professional career behind him. He twice became French road race champion (2002, 2008) and competed seven times in the Tour de France. Lauk has already set new plans for the upcoming season with Vogondy.

“The competition calendar starts in February. The first race should be on the Basque border. In March, there are some races on the horizon, where I would like to perform. We've got a number of UCI second category competitions on the calendar and I hope that some more will be found. The club wants to come to the Baltic Chain Tour in August, but this has still to be confirmed after negotiations between the club and the organisers, ”said Lauk.

Today, Lauk starts a two-week training block in Girona, Spain. At the same time, many other Estonian professional cyclists also live and train there, with whom he can start to accumulate the kilometres.

Photo: Adam Illingworth/EJL

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