Israel – Premier Tech is pleased to announce that Hugo Hofstetter will return to the team in 2024 on a two-year contract.
The 29-year-old Frenchman was a vital part of IPT’s sprint and Classics force in 2020 and 2021, during which time he won La Samyn and consistently featured in the front of the sprint finishes.
“I’m pleased to welcome Hugo back to our team, after an absence of two years”, IPT owner Sylvan Adams says. “Hugo is a versatile and reliable rider, with a fast finish. He’s able to sprint from the bunch, but can also get over climbs, and be in a position to win from a more selective group. He is a good teammate, and always brings a good spirit to races. Welcome back to your IPT family, Hugo.”
Hofstetter, who’s currently racing in the Vuelta a España, says he’s eager to put on the IPT colors again next year and to reunite with old teammates.
“I’m very happy to come back to IPT next year. I really appreciate that Sylvan wanted to bring me back to the team. That’s a huge motivation for me. I will do the best I can to win as many races as possible. It will also be great to see my former teammates again, as I’ve always enjoyed riding with them. I’m really looking forward to 2024.”
Together with the new IPT signings; Ethan Vernon and Pascal Ackermann, as well as Riley Pickrell and Oded Kogut, both graduated from IPT Academy, Hofstetter will be part of a strong sprint group joining Israel – Premier Tech next year. He will also be an important rider for the Classics.
“We are very happy that Hugo is coming back to Israel – Premier Tech. Not only is he a fast sprinter, he will also reinforce our Classics group significantly, being able to score points during the one-day races as well as in the sprint finishes. Hugo will also bring experience to our youngsters coming from the IPT Academy team and he can fit perfectly in the leadouts in the biggest races for our leaders”, Sports Manager Rik Verbrugghe explains.