Russian Alexander Efimkin, the brother of Caisse d'Epargne's Vladimir Efimkin, will be riding in the colours of Quick.Step - Innergetic next season, the Belgian squad announced in a press release on Monday. The 25 year-old, a professional for two years with Barloworld, won a stage and the overall at both the Settimana Lombarda in Italy and Giro del Capo in South Africa this year.
"Efimkin is a good athlete that we followed for a long time," said Quick.Step team manager Patrick Lefevere. "With him, our team will be even more international (Quick.Step now has seven nationalities in its ranks). The signing of Efimkin is perfectly aligned with the process of globalisation that is enveloping our sport and it also showcases our sponsors in the Soviet market."
The signing of Efimkin bumps Quick.Step's 2008 roster up to 27 riders.