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Devolder's value doubles

By:
Paul Verkuylen
Published:
July 18, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:32 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for July 18, 2007

After his impressive win in the Tour of Austria Belgian Stijn Devolder is being courted by numerous...

After his impressive win in the Tour of Austria Belgian Stijn Devolder is being courted by numerous teams, including QuickStep-Innergetic, Predictor Lotto and T-Mobile. Additionally, the Discovery Channel rider's current boss, Johan Bruyneel, has said the squad will "at least double" his salary should the Belgian stay with the outfit.

Devolder, who is aiming for a podium finish in the Vuelta a Espana, is not discounting staying with Bruyneel's squad either. "I am not ruling out staying with Bruyneel, only he needs to find a new head sponsor for the team for next year," noted Devolder.

Bruyneel is optimistic he will find a replacement for Discovery Channel, which will end its title sponsorship of the squad at the end of this season. "The discussions are going well," he said of the sponsorship hunt. "I am waiting on a signature."

Bruyneel added that Devolder is a rider he definitely wants to keep on the American ProTour squad's roster. "We have invested years [in him] and now we are reaping the fruits of our labour," he said. "Stijn can at least double his wage if he stays with us."

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