After his impressive riding in the Belgian opening weekend, Stijn Devolder has extended his contract with the Discovery Channel team until 2007. "Johan Bruyneel was in the country on Friday and gave me a contract proposition," Devolder was quoted in Het Laatste Nieuws as saying. "I did not discuss money. I received a guarantee that I can grow further here as a rider."
Devolder was personally congratulated by Lance Armstrong after his riding. "Lance followed via the efforts of Volderke via the Internet," said Discovery's Dirk Demol to Sportwereld.be. "He was really impressed by what he conjured up out of the legs. He liked what he saw. When I took on Stijn last year, nine out of ten people asked aloud what that guy could do in such a big team. Stijn is a pure natural. He'll open the eyes of a lot of people. Yes, even in the near future."