Julian Alaphilippe extends with Quick-Step Floors
Aug 02 2017 01:13 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe extends with Quick-Step Floors

Talented French rider Julian Alaphilippe has extended his contract with Quick-Step Floors for another two years at the Belgian team.

Alaphilippe has emerged as one of the bigger talents in the current professional peloton. Since joining the team in 2014, he has won the Tour of California and earned second places at La Fleche Wallonne (twice), Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the 2016 UEC European Championships road race.

This year, the 25-year-old came in third at Milan-San Remo and won a time trial, the points classification and the young rider classification at Paris-Nice.

A knee injury kept Alaphilippe sidelined for the spring season and the Tour de France, but he returned to racing at the GP Cerami and is currently active in the Vuelta a Burgos.

"It was always my goal to stay with the team," the rider said. "For me, continuing with Quick-Step Floors is the perfect scenario. I’ve made many good friends here and I feel at home, it’s basically my second family. The support I have from both Patrick and the team gives me a lot of confidence.

"Extending my contract means I can focus 100% on the important things and continue my progression. We have a really strong team that can do well in almost every race, so I could not be more pleased with where I am. This motivates me to get many other great results with this fantastic team."

Team boss Patrick Lefevere believes that while Alaphilippe has already made a lot of progress since joining the team, he has not reached his full potential.

"We signed with him three and a half years ago, as we saw a bright future in him and believed we could help him become even better and reach his goals," he said. "Since then, Julian has grown a lot and we are only confident he has not reached his full potential. Every rider we sign with is because we think he has a future in front of him and because we believe we can win with him, and it’s no exception with Julian."
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media



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