Cretskens leaving Quick Step

Wilfried Cretskens will be leaving team Quick Step after six years in order to race with Philippe...

Wilfried Cretskens will be leaving team Quick Step after six years in order to race with Philippe Gilbert at Silence-Lotto in 2009.

"The decision came in recent days," said Cretskens. "It was a painful decision. Quick Step is like a family to me. In this group I've grown professionally and I've spent the better part of my career side by side with extraordinary champions with whom I've shared victories that I will always carry in my heart."

"A few days ago Philippe Gilbert called me and told me that there would be a possibility to race together next year. I'm 32 years-old and this could be my last chance to try a new challenge, a new professional adventure. That's why I've chosen it," said Cretskens, who thanked his team-mates, sponsors and support staff.

"We're sorry to be losing Wilfried," said the team's manager Patrick Lefevere. "He's been racing with me since 2001 and he's always shown himself to be a great team player. But, I respect his will too. I wish Wilfried all the best and hope he can still enjoy a lot of personal success. Maybe this is just a 'see you later' and not a good bye."

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