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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Tour de France and Vuelta a España stage winner Zdenek Stybar has extended with QuickStep Floors, continuing with the team he has been with since he turned pro in 2011. The Czech road race champion has inked a new two-year contract, and will continue his quest to win Paris-Roubaix. He has finished second twice, including earlier this year.
“To be honest, I can’t believe I have been with the team since 2011,” he said. “Time surely flies when you are having a good time. But what an amazing journey it has been to race with this squad over the past years. Having extended my contract for two more seasons means we can continue the great work we started together in 2011, which I am very grateful and happy about.
“I have enjoyed many beautiful moments and victories with these guys, and I owe a lot of people here big thanks, especially to the staff, which is the most dedicated and hardworking you will ever find.”
Stybar is also a past winner of Strade Bianche plus the 2013 Eneco Tour, now known as the BinckBank Tour. General manager Patrick Lefevere underlined his abilities. “Everybody knows Zdenek’s quality, he is a rider who can shine in almost any type of race,” he said. “He’s been part of this great family for seven years now and has achieved many very good results since shifting his attention from cyclo-cross to road cycling. But we still think he has a lot to show, especially in the Classics. That’s why we offered him a new deal, which we are glad he accepted.”
Sybar is determined to repay that trust. “It has not been a personal best season for me. Patrick puts a lot of confidence in me by extending my contract, and I am just really motivated to give it back by turning things around and making the next two years extra memorable.”