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by Shane Stokes
August 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator
Regarded as one of the best young sprinters in cycling, quadruple Giro d’Italia stage winner Fernado Gaviria has signed a two-year contract extension with the QuickStep Floors team, taking him up to the end of 2019.
“We are very pleased to make this announcement,” said team CEO Patrick Lefevere. “Fernando’s potential is huge. He’s one of the most talented riders out there and I dare to say his results so far have been only an appetizer for what we are going to see in the years to come. His potential, determination and mentality recommend him for many great feats, I’m sure of that.”
In addition to his four victories in what was his debut Grand Tour, Gaviria has also taken another four wins this season. “I am very happy to stay with the team who gave me the chance to turn pro and brought me into European cycling,” he said. “When I look back on the last two years and see how I’ve developed and grown as a rider, I am more than confident staying with this team is the right decision.
“I feel at home and appreciated here, and Patrick Lefevere puts a lot of confidence in me, so it just feels like a natural step to continue my progression with this outstanding team.” He added that he felt that he was heading towards the next big step in his career. “I am especially keen on testing my potential and doing well in the Classics, races I have always had a special love for. Quick-Step Floors is one of the greatest ever teams in these races, so I think I can learn a lot from the guys here.”
Also extending for two years is his lead-out man Maximiliano Richeze. “He brings invaluable experience to our squad,” said Lefevere. “Renewing his contract was the natural thing to do. Having them in the team for two more years makes us very happy.”