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by Shane Stokes
August 23, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4
Double track world champion and past Vuelta a España stage winner Michael Morkov is the latest signing for the QuickStep Floors team, joining other recently-announced additions. He previously raced for Team Saxo Bank/Tinkoff and, more recently, with Katusha-Alpecin
Morkov is a past track world champion and a silver medallist in the Olympic Games. He has also had a successful career on the road, with his results including a stage win in the Vuelta a España. “I have always been interested in this team,” he said, “When Patrick [Lefevere, team manager] came with the offer to ride with them for the next two years I couldn’t refuse it. It’s a team you admire and always look at in the races as competing rider.
“But most importantly, Patrick and the squad always seem to get the most out of every rider.” He added that he believes he can give considerable assistance to Fernando Gaviria and Elia Viviani in the bunch sprints, as well as play a part in the team’s Classic campaigns.
Lefevere said that he had been keeping tabs on Morkov for some time. “He showed he’s one of the best domestiques in the peloton, an experienced and hard-working rider who always gives 110% for the team and leaves everything on the road. I am confident that his addition will be a win-win situation for everybody involved.”
Meanwhile the team has announced a two-year extension with Dries Devenyns, who joined prior to the start of the current season. He had previously raced with the squad between 2009 and 2013. “You can see his dedication in every race,” said Lefevere. “He’s a loyal rider who doesn’t spare himself when it comes to helping the team. That’s why having him on the squad for two more years gives us great pleasure.”