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by Shane Stokes
August 10, 2017
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The 2011 junior Paris-Roubaix winner Florian Sénéchal has completed negotiations with the QuickStep Floors team and will compete with the squad in 2018 and 2019. The 24-year-old Frenchman raced as a stagiaire with the Belgian team in 2012, then spent a year with the related Etixx-iHNed Continental team prior to four years with Cofidis.
His past results include third in the Tro-Bro Léon and Le Samyn, fourth in the Under 23 Paris-Tours plus sixth and seventh overall in the Four Days of Dunkirk. Earlier this year he was 12th in Paris-Roubaix. Hailing from a small village close to the Troisvilles sector of cobblestones gives him additional motivation for the race.
“It’s difficult for me to express how excited I am to join Quick-Step Floors,” he said. “This is one of the best teams in the world, with such a tremendous winning history. I’ve been a big fan of this squad since I can remember, and the way they race has always been a big inspiration and motivation for me as a rider.
“My goal is to be there in all the races and give my very best, but I have a special love for the Classics and it would be a big dream to win one of these iconic races with this fantastic team. Quick-Step Floors have fostered so many champions in the past 15 years and I’m sure they can also help me boost my abilities as a rider.”
QuickStep Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere is confident in those gifts. “Florian is a strong and talented rider, whose addition to our squad I am sure will bear fruit, as he brings considerable experience, despite his young age. He is willing to learn and improve, and at the same time, is motivated and driven by passion for this sport, all important attributes to succeed as a rider at the highest level.”