Sylvain Chavanel recently signed a new contract with Quick Step. He has revealed he had other offers, including from French teams but opted to stay with the Belgian team for 2001 and 2012.
"Francaise des Jeux, Saur and Cofidis all made me offers but they were a bit late. I thought about things and it didn’t feel right to interrupt my relationship with Quick Step, I feel I've still got things to accomplish with them," he said.
Chavanel has an excellent Tour de France, winning the two stages and also wearing the yellow twice. With Tom Boonen missing from the Quick Step line-up due to illness, he has saved the team's Tour de France from possible disaster.
"I think I was able to find my voice. I think I have more freedom when I take on the race. I hate sitting in the bunch, I get terribly bored. I prefer finishing 24 minutes down on a mountain stage rather than getting bored."