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by Shane Stokes

October 4, 2017

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Alvaro Hodeg signs first pro contract with Quick-Step Floors

by Shane Stokes

Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Alvaro Hodeg has signed a contract with the QuickStep Floors team and will turn pro with the squad in 2018. The Colombian thus follows in the footsteps of compatriot and fellow sprinter Fernando Gaviria, who made his own pro debut with the squad in 2016.

“How crazy is this?,” he said, talking about the agreement. “I think I need some time to realize I just signed a contract with Quick-Step Floors. I can’t believe it right now, but I am super happy! When I got the chance to ride with the team as stagiaire, I was really excited and I wanted to show everybody my very best. Here just a little over a month after, I am left with no words to describe how proud I am that the squad wants me to stay, believing I have a future with them.”

Recently turned 21, he took the intermediate sprints classification in the Baby Giro and was also runner-up on his second race in Belgium, Grote Prijs Stad Sint-Niklaas. He raced as a stagiaire this summer with QuickStep Floors, having attended its training camp last winter.

“We have closely monitored Alvaro this season and we were really impressed by what we’ve seen,” said team CEO Patrick Lefevere. “He has the potential, talent and determination to make it as a pro. I’m sure he will find his place in the team and learn the trade from the more experienced riders, including Fernando [Gaviria], with whom he shares the passion for sprints and one-day races.

“As you already know, we put emphasis on young riders and their development because we are constantly thinking about the future, and this transfer comes in line with several other young riders who have either signed or extended with us for the next seasons.”

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