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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
Previously taken on by QuickStep Floors on a one year, basic salary but bonus-heavy contract, Philippe Gilbert has been given a bigger show of confidence by the team. It has agreed a two-year extension, thus rewarding the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race winner for his performances thus far this year.
“It was my dream to extend the contract and I knew that after winning De Ronde and Amstel this would be possible,” said Gilbert on Monday. “I’m super happy to continue for two more years with Quick-Step Floors! I am sure I can still win some big races and that I will get my chances. It would be a dream come true to win races like Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo with this team. That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to sign for two more years, to build up and increase my chances.”
Gilbert has won three of the five monuments, namely Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia. He said several years ago that a big career goal was to take all five, and now Roubaix and San Remo are a priority.
QuickStep Floors’ CEO Patrick Lefevere said that the extension was a logical decision. “We knew Philippe’s quality when he brought him aboard and to see him showcasing it on numerous occasions throughout the season made us very happy. So I don’t think this new contract comes as a surprise,” he stated. “He’s not only an important asset for the team and an intelligent rider who constantly delivers results, but also someone from whom our young riders can learn and can look up to.”
In addition to his successes this spring in Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race, Gilbert also won a stage plus the overall in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, as well as a stage win the Tour de Suisse. He is currently competing with the team in the BinckBank Tour.