Latvian cyclist Toms Skujins has committed to Lidl-Trek for another two seasons, extending his contract with the team he joined in 2018 from Cannondale. Skujins, 32, announced his decision on Friday, expressing his satisfaction with the team’s direction.

“Every time we re-sign, it seems to happen earlier because both parties have found a mutual respect and liking,” Skujins said in a statement. “The direction the team is going also makes me happy. We’re moving forward and progressing as a team. It would be hard to see myself in any jersey other than Lidl-Trek’s.”

Skujins has had a strong start to the current season. He animated Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of a high-calibre break and secured second place at Strade Bianche, despite a crash and two punctures. Additionally, he achieved top 10 finishes at E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders.

“I think that every year I personally step up, but also the team does. I feel responsible to step up with it,” Skujins remarked. “It’s nice to pay back the confidence the team put in me many years ago now. When I signed my first contract, I was in a difficult situation with no other place to go, so it was really nice that the team gave me that opportunity. I think that every year I’ve paid that back more and more, and I’ll keep doing that for another two years.”

Lidl-Trek manager Luca Guercilena praised Skujins, describing him as “a rare type of rider.” Skujins’ versatility spans gravel racing and supporting roles across various terrains.

“If you were looking only at a results sheet, you might underestimate him, but when you see how much he gives to the team across all terrains, you quickly realise just how valuable he is,” Guercilena said. “The fact that he continues to improve, even as the level of cycling rises, speaks volumes not only for his talent, but particularly his work ethic. Toms embodies the spirit of Lidl-Trek. He is capable of taking results himself, yet more often goes all in for his teammates. Lidl-Trek is all the better with him on board.”