With a powerful sprint train in place for Tom Boonen, Quick Step boss Patrick Lefevere is now looking to strengthen his team for the general classification in the grand tours. Lefevere is targeting Gilberto Simoni as its point man for the Giro d'Italia.
"The transfer of Spanish champion Juan Manuel Garate is arranged," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. "Now I am going hard after Gilberto Simoni. He would become our head man for the Giro. That would be a fantastic transfer if it happens."
Quick Step has recently signed Steven De Jongh (Rabobank), Kevin Van Impe (Chocolade Jacques) and Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) to work for Tom Boonen and is reported to be chasing two more top young Italian riders.