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by Shane Stokes
December 8, 2017
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Just as Bora-hansgrohe did, QuickStep Floors also showed off its new team strip at a launch on Thursday. Referring to itself as the ‘wolfpack,’ a term coined by Brian Holm a couple of years ago, the team said that it will maintain its ambition in the coming season, It said that it would be “driven by the same fierce winning mentality which has made Quick-Step Floors the most successful team of the past 15 years, with over 600 UCI victories.”
Team manager Patrick Lefevere commented on the new colours, which will see the team sport a jersey decked out in royal blue. “We feel fortunate to be able to present our 2018 outfit together with Vermarc Sport, who once again makes sure our riders will be clothed with state of the art cycling apparel.
“Wearing blue is how we are recognized in the bunch, just as we want it to be. We are an aggressive team, a winning team, and we don’t want to hide in the bunch.” He noted that Vermarc had been part of the team since its inception, and said that it was a story of mutual benefits. “We help them in developing and optimizing their products through continued feedback and they help us going faster on the roads.”
Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels gave a thumbs up to the design. “It’s a really beautiful jersey, elegant and a bit more vintage than in the last years. I love it!,” he said. “I also like how ‘The Wolfpack’ has become a visual thing now and is part of the jersey. It’s already a sign, a symbol of our team, its unity. I think that it represents the squad really well. I’m super-excited about the new kit and I can’t wait to show it in my first race of next year.”