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Demol denies Astana move

Quick Step directeur sportif Dirk Demol responded Monday to reports that he would be rejoining his former boss Johan Bruyneel at the Astana team next year. According to a team press release, Demol said that the "news reporting that I will be returning to Astana at the end of the year is unfounded".

Demol, who served as directeur sportif under the US Postal and Discovery Channel teams moved over to Quick Step after the dissolution of the Discovery Channel organisation last year. He was also rumoured at that time to be moving over to Astana with Bruyneel, but opted to go with Quick Step instead. "Last year I declined an offer from Astana because I wanted to take on a new challenge with Quick-Step," he told

"But I sometimes speak with Johan Bruyneel and he always tells me that the door is open," he continued. "But we will see after the Tour."

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