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by Shane Stokes
September 14, 2017
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On the back of a superb season where he highlighted his climbing potential, the young British rider James Knox has signed a contract with the QuickStep Floors team. The 21-year-old was runner-up this season in the Under 23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and also took top ten finishes in the Ronde de l’Isard, Giro della Valle d’Aosta, Tour Alsace and the Tour de l’Avenir.
He also impressed against the professionals in the Tour of Croatia in April, finished eighth overall, just one and a half minutes behind the race winner Vincenzo Nibali. “James was on our radar for some time and we closely monitored his progression this season,” said QuickStep Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere. “But it wasn’t only his results that caught our attention…also his right attitude and commitment towards the sport were equally impressive. He’s a very promising climber and we’ll carefully nurture his talent in the years to come.”
“It’s amazing to join Quick-Step Floors,” said the current Team Wiggins rider Knox. “[It] is a team that excels in so many areas, from having the best Classics riders in the world to the best stages racers and best sprinters.
“On the whole, it’s a great outfit that always gets the most out of every rider, and personally I especially hope to develop my character as a climber, because it’s where I can excel the most. When that is said, I would like to develop every aspect of what it means to be a top professional rider and I think Quick-Step Floors provides the best opportunity for just that.
“I am really happy with my season so far. I have managed to take a step up from knocking on the door last year to be close this year with a few second places. Runner-up in Liège – a race I dream of winning as a pro – was great and from there on to get good results over the whole season gives me motivation and confidence.”