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Nuyens leaves Quick.Step for Cofidis

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Cycling News
Published:
June 23, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:17 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 23, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

Nick Nuyens will leave the Quick.Step-Innergetic Cycling Team at the end of this season. The Belgian...

Nick Nuyens will leave the Quick.Step-Innergetic Cycling Team at the end of this season. The Belgian athlete has signed an agreement with French Cofidis, for whom he will be riding for the following two years, on Thursday, June 22.

"We are sorry to lose Nick," said team manager Patrick Lefévère commented. "I have known him for years and seen him develop into the athlete he is today. Objectively, it wasn’t possible for Nick to refuse such an important offer. I wish him all the very best."

Nuyens, who revealed the whole extent of his talent recently by winning a stage in the Tour de Suisse, feels bittersweet about his move. "This has been a difficult decision to make," the 26 year-old said. "An important chapter in my career will conclude at the end of this year. I’ll be leaving a team full of friends, not only amongst the athletes but also the non-riding staff, a group of fantastic professionals. I owe an awful lot to this team, but sometimes in one’s career difficult decisions have to be made. I hope to have a long career, a career where our paths will cross once again."

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