In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
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The promising young Spaniard Enric Mas has extended his current contact with the QuickStep Floors team, committing to remain with the squad until the end of 2019. The 22-year-old initially secured a two-year deal after racing last season with Klein Constantia, and has now had that extended by a further year.
“I am really happy to have extended my contract with the team,” said Mas. “It is my first season as a pro and no doubt I felt the levelling up, but I think I can be happy with how things have played out so far. I hope that if I keep progressing like now, step by step, at one point in the future I will be able to stay with the very best riders in the mountains.
“My hope for the years that lie ahead of me is to be able to ride for the general classification in a Grand Tour, but I am still young. Right now my focus is to progress as a rider and learn as much as possible. On this team I have the best conditions for just that.”
Early on Mas finished seventh overall in the Santos Tour down Under. He was 14th in both the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and the Amgen Tour of California, then shone in the Vuelta a Burgos. He placed second, third and fourth on stages and finished second overall, as well as taking the best young rider award. On Thursday he was third on stage 6 of the Vuelta a España, his first Grand Tour.
“Enric really impressed us this season and we are delighted that he will continue to be part of the Quick-Step Floors family,” said team CEO Patrick Lefevere. “He came aboard less than 12 months ago, but he already made a spectacular progression, which only underlines his talent and ambition.”