Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze extend with Quick-Step Floors
Aug 04 2017 03:21 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze extend with Quick-Step Floors

Quick-Step Floors has announced the contract extensions of both Fernando Gaviria and Maximiliano Richeze.

The Belgian WorldTour formation continues to confirm its squad for the 2018 season. Two days after the announcement of Julian Alaphilippe's new deal, the team has now secured the services of its two South American stars.

This year, Gaviria has confirmed his abilities as a top level sprinter. The Colombian won four stages and the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia, becoming the first rider of his country to do so in a single edition of the grand tour.

"I am very happy to stay with the team who gave me the chance to turn pro and brought me into European cycling," Gaviria said.

When I look back on the last two years and see how I've developed and grown as a rider, I am more than confident staying with this team is the right decision. I feel at home and appreciated here, and Patrick Lefevere puts a lot of confidence in me, so it just feels like a natural step to continue my progression with this outstanding team."

For 2018, Gaviria aims to do well in the classics and believes that Quick-Step is the right team to help him achieve his goals.

"After what I've achieved in the Giro, I think I am heading towards the next big step of my career. I am especially keen on testing my potential and doing well in the classics, races I have always had a special love for.

"Quick-Step Floors is one of the greatest teams there ever was in these races, so I think I can learn a lot from the guys here. I look forward to continuing my presence in the fast finishes and grabbing my chances when and wherever they show in next season."

Richeze, 34, joined Quick-Step in 2016 and went on to win the points classification of the Tour de Suisse the same year. This season, the Argentine rider won two stages in the Vuelta a San Juan.

"Quick-Step Floors is one big family and I'm delighted to be part of it for two more years," he said. "I'm a pro since 2006 and to continue at such a high level makes me very proud, especially as I'm doing it with the most successful World Tour outfit. I'm also happy that my partnership with Fernando will continue, and we hope to get many other victories together."
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media





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