Kevin Pauwels extended his contract with the Fidea Cycling team, despite rumours that he would sign with the Sunweb-Projob team. Pauwels, the 2004 Espoir Cyclo-cross World Champion, signed on for three more years with manager Hans van Kasteren, according to sporza.be.
Pauwels is ranked 14th in the world after taking sixth in the GvA-cross in Hasselt and fifth in the Superprestige-cross in Gavere. Second ranked Zdenek Stybar also was given a new contract proposal from Fidea. The Czech winner of the Kalmthout World Cup was being wooed by Sunweb-ProJob as well, but it is uncertain which team he will choose.