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Quick Step firms '09 roster

By:
Daniel Benson in Jausiers, France
Published:
July 23, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:41 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, July 23, 2008

Belgian ProTour outfit Quick Step has firmed up its 2009 roster after announcing the re-signing of...

Belgian ProTour outfit Quick Step has firmed up its 2009 roster after announcing the re-signing of Wouter Weylandt. The Belgian sprinter is the only confirmed rider in the latest batch of rumoured signings by Patrick Lefevere's team.

Italian media has reported the signing of Australian sprinter Allan Davis, who was runner-up at this year's Milan-San Remo and Cofidis rider Kevin De Weert for 2009. Under International Cycling Union (UCI) rules ProTour teams are prohibited from announcing signings from rival teams this early in the season, meaning teams like Quick Step can only announce re-signing of existing riders like Weylandt.

Weylandt has renewed with the Belgian squad for two seasons. "We're satisfied with the agreement," said Lefevere. "Wouter is one of the most interesting young riders on the international cycling scene. He started his professional career in 2004 as a stagiaire in our team.

"His contract renewal is a sign of our continued trust, which we are sure Wouter will know to reciprocate with performances at the height of his potential," he added.

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