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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
Talented young climber Jhonatan Narvaez has signed a three-year contract with the QuickStep Floors team, moving to the squad after an impressive amateur career. The 20-year-old has shone on road and track, with his successes including victory this year in the Circuit des Ardennes plus on a stage of the Tour of the Gila.
The Ecuadorian’s track success saw him take two seconds off a six-year old junior world record in the individual pursuit plus take two Pan American junior track championships.
The current Axeon Hagens Berman rider enthused about his new direction. “Not anyone can become a pro with Quick-Step Floors and to sign a contract with them makes me very proud,” he stated. “It’s fantastic to turn pro with the best squad in the world, one consisting of many great riders. I am ready to learn and work hard in order to succeed.” He added his long-terms goals including wearing a leader’s jersey at a Grand Tour and winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
QuickStep Floors’ general manager Patrick Lefevere said that the team know him for a few years as he previously raced for the team’s former feeder squad Klein Constantia. “It didn’t took him too long to prove what he is capable of and I’m delighted to see he developed even further and put together a nice string of performances.”
Meanwhile 28-year-old domestique Pieter Serry has extended his contract with the team, and will be part of the squad until the end of 2019. “I am very happy here, so it was a no-brainer to renew,” he said. “After five years, this team is like a family to me, the professionalism of the guys here is incredible, and in the end it really wasn’t a question of staying or not. It’s an honour to ride for the best team in the world.”