The 32-year-old Italian extended his contract with the team, which will count 25 riders next season.

You might have seen some speculation online with regards to my future, which I can't deny has taken some time to settle. But I am really pleased that I can now announce that I will be staying with Deceuninck – Quick-Step for the next 12 months!

My time with the team has been very special and the record-breaking number of wins that we achieved in 2018 is something that nobody will ever forget. In my two years with this amazing squad I have had the opportunity to ride three Grand Tours and many other big races, which were special experiences. I was able to use my ability on the climbs to help our leaders and gave it my all every single time. I will hopefully be able to use that experience next year in the same races.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step is a unique team, a big and beautiful family, with a great atmosphere and winning mentality, not just amongst the riders but all of the support staff too. That is why I am so happy to have come to an agreement to stay here and help Deceuninck – Quick-Step win as much as possible in 2019.


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