Discovery Channel's sports director Dirk Demol has denied that an agreement between the squad's Belgian champion Stijn Devolder and Quick.Step-Innergetic has been reached. "There are, as always, four teams interested in Devolder: Rabobank, CSC, Predictor-Lotto and Quick.Step. That an agreement has been reached is nonsense," he said.
Patrick Lefevere, who operates the Quick.Step-Innergetic squad, backed up the statement to Sports Wereld. "I spoke with Stijn last Thursday, but officially there is noting signed yet," he declared. "That will not happen before the end of the week either, because I am on holidays. I have read that he wants to be on a Belgian team, and there are not too many of those."