Last Wednesday (11), according to the Sporza website, and confirmations through social networks and official websites, Caleb Ewan declared that he had to end his contract with Lotto-Dstny a year ahead of schedule and signed a new contract with Jayco-AIUIa for 2024.
The change occurred due to comments and statements from Stéphane Heulot, CEO of Lotto-Dstny, stating that the cyclist should have performed better as the team provided aid to make this happen. “The entire team, the staff, the partners, invested a lot in it. A pilot has duties and not just rights. We have the right to ask him for another commitment,” he said.
However, the information did not go down well with Caleb Ewan and his team, in which he responded to the statements as “humiliating” and “quite disgusting”. After the event, the cyclist reported that “the team made it clear that they preferred me to leave”, but that he still had a contract to fulfill.
After the announcement, Stéphane Heulot, CEO of Lotto-Dstny, shared that he was happy that Caleb Ewan could continue his career with another team. “Caleb won a lot for the team and we are grateful for that and just like a relationship or marriage you have good and bad days together. 2023 was a tough year for Caleb,” he commented.
The businesswoman continued during the statement: “We all know he has a lot of talent, but at the moment he is not demonstrating it in our team and so it is better for us to part ways. We do not want to hold Caleb back in this new opportunity that he has, so we have decided to allow him to continue his career elsewhere.”