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Demol joins Quick.Step-Innergetic for 2008

Dirk Demol

Dirk Demol (Image credit: Brecht Decaluwé)

The Quick.Step-Innergetic team announced on Friday that it has signed former Discovery Channel sports director to the team for the 2008 season.

Born in Belgium in 1959, Demol rode as a professional for 14 years, from 1982 until 1995 winning Paris-Roubaix in 1988. Demol was then the first sporting director in Belgium in the young riders sector then went on to the Tour de France winning US Postal and Discovery Channel teams.

"For 2008," Quick.Step-Innergetic team Manager Patrick Lefevere says, "the team has decided to invest in athletes for stage races such as Stijn Devolder, Alexander Efimkin and Matteo Carrara who will be riding alongside existing team riders such as Juan Manuel Garate and Carlos Barredo and young upcoming athletes like Kevin Seeldraeyers... We are sure that Demol’s experience will be an important piece in the construction of this new group”.

“I am really looking forward to joining this team, to have the possibility of working with a Belgian team," Demol said. "I am extremely motivated and cannot wait to use the experience I’ve gained over the past years with the Quick.Step-Innergetic Team. I already know most of the athletes already - I’ve worked with Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder and Jurgen Van de Walle when they were riding for the Kortrijk Groeningespurters Team."

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