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by Shane Stokes
August 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II
In addition to his road success, Viviani is an accomplished track rider and won the omnium title in last year’s Olympic Games.
On the same day that Marcel Kittel’s move to Katusha-Alpecin was announced, the QuickStep Floors team has confirmed that Elia Viviani will transfer there from Team Sky, thus filling the vacated slot. He will share sprint duties with Fernando Gaviria, who took four stages in this year’s Giro d’Italia.
“Quick-Step Floors is the best choice I could make,” said the 28-year-old Italian. “When Patrick Lefevere came with this offer, I just couldn’t say no to one of the biggest teams in the world. I am honoured to join a squad with such a fantastic pedigree, one that has excelled in the art of sprinting over time. I couldn’t be happier about this transfer”
The move to Lefevere’s squad comes after reports that Viviani was frustrated in not being given a place on Team Sky’s squad for the Giro d’Italia. “We have followed Elia’s career for a long time and now we are happy to welcome him to the team,” said Lefevere. “He is a proven winner, a rider who has an impressive palmares and an equally impressive set of skills, and I’m convinced he will fit perfectly in our team with his mentality and winning attitude.”
Viviani thanked Sky for his time there and said that he believed he could go on to bigger things with QuickStep Floors. “This is the right step in my career, because I’m confident it can help me progress. I am 28 now and I really want to find out next season what I can do in an outfit which gives me opportunities. I’m also excited about being on the same team with Fernando Gaviria, one of the fastest riders in the peloton, who I got to know from the events we raced together as opponents in the past two seasons.”
Both Viviani and Gaviria will benefit from the decision to retain leadout man Fabio Sabatini, who has been given a new two year contract.