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by Shane Stokes
August 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mezgec takes Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic; Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall; Asgreen takes stage 1 of Tour de l’Avenir; Dan Martin signs for UAE Team Emirates, Sutherland also comes on board; Contador on Vuelta finale to his career: “As always, I want to win”; Vermote moves to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka chasing new Classics targets; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Crescent Vargarda; Video: What it means to ride La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: Chris Froome pre-race interview Vuelta a España 2017
Following seven years with the QuickStep Floors team, Julien Vermote has opted for a change in scenery in 2018 and will move to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. The 28-year-old Belgian states that the team will give him new opportunities, with the spring Classics being amongst his targets.
“I am really happy to be joining Team Dimension Data. I must admit, it was a hard decision to leave QuickStep,” he said. “I was part of a family there and they gave me good opportunities, but there comes a time in a rider’s career when you have to take that next step. That time is now for me.
“I am happy that it was Team Dimension Data who showed so much interest in me and I felt that trust from them straightaway. I spoke to Mark (Cavendish) and Rolf Aldag over the phone quite a lot and they really gave me the assurance that I was making the right decision. I look forward to having more opportunities with Team Dimension Data, particularly in the Spring Classics and being able to ride the final there. I love the Flanders races, it is where I am from and I believe I can do well there.”
Vermote will also play an important leadout role with the team, having already done so for Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel when they were part of the QuickStep outfit. “Julien is one of the most respected riders in the peloton,” stated the team’s Head of Performance Rolf Aldag. “He earned this reputation over seven years of loyal and reliable service to his team leaders. By controlling breakaways and positioning the sprinters, Julien helped to win many races at his former team. Now he reached a point in his career where he wants to see how much more he can do with his talent.
“He is born, lives and trains in the heart of Flanders. He has followed races like the “Ronde van Flanderen” since he was a child. These races have been on his wish list for a long time.”