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Hoste to stay at Silence-Lotto

Spring Classics specialist Leif Hoste looks to remain with the Silence-Lotto team through the next two years. According to Sportwereld, the rider had "very productive talks" with the team management on Wednesday this week, and the signing of an extending contract is reported to be a mere question of details. The man who has three second places in the Tour of Flanders on his palmarès would thus continue to hope for a breakthrough in the team managed by Marc Sergeant, who reportedly also wants to strengthen his Ardennes Classics roster and is currently trying to sign Philippe Gilbert as well as Tom Stubbe from Francaise des Jeux.

Gilbert has been racing for the French team since 2002, and told La Dernière Heure that he was "not in a hurry" to make up his mind on his professional future. "I've had a lot of requests, even Saunier Duval contacted me," he said. "Now, I'm waiting for all the proposals to come in. Once I have received them, I will be able to think about it concretely. But that can still take some time."