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."