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by Shane Stokes
October 25, 2017
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The QuickStep Floors team of Fernando Gaviria is celebrating his four stage wins in the Tour of Guangxi, but also something bigger: what it terms its most successful season ever. In a statement issued on Tuesday, it said that it considered itself the most successful team in the world for the sixth year running, and gave the reasons why.
“The outfit managed by Patrick Lefevere scored 59 victories, 56 of which came in UCI races,” it stated. “Of these, 30 were attained in World Tour events, making it an all-time best for our squad, who has won races in 2017 with 14 riders across 15 different countries.”
Gaviria was the dominant sprinter in the Chinese event, clocking up four wins out of six stages. He also continued a trend he started earlier this year, namely taking at least one victory in each stage race he competed in this season. His success in Guilin was his 14th of 2017, with that tally including four stages in the Giro d’Italia.
“There couldn’t have been a better way for calling it a season,” he said. “I’m happy to take the win on the last stage of this race and finish off the excellent job of my teammates, who made sure I got the maximum out of this race.
“It’s been a long and rewarding season, one during which I’ve gone from strength to strength, continued to develop and learn, and all these things make me even more motivated for 2018. But before that and resuming training, I’ll go home, enjoy some rest and spend time with my family.”