Cretskens on the move
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cretskens on the move

by VeloNation Press at 7:40 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling

Team Quick Step announced that rider Wilfried Cretskens will be leaving for Silence-Lotto after six years with the team.

“The decision came around in these last days," explains Cretskens.  "It was a painful decision. Quick Step is like a family to me. In this group I’ve grown professionally and I’ve spent the better part of my career side by side with extraordinary champions with whom I’ve shared victories that I will always carry in my heart.”

Cretskens, whose best result for the team came as a win in the 2007 Tour of Qatar, explained what led to his decision to leave the team. “A few days ago Philippe Gilbert called me and told me that there would be a possibility to race together next year. I’m 32 years old and this could be my last chance to try a new challenge, a new professional adventure. That's why I've chosen it. I’d like to thank all the guys from Team Quick Step, the sponsors and staff that are always there for all our needs.”

Now that Paolo Bettini will continue racing in 2009, team manager Patrick Lefevere will likely be looking for some room in the budget to secure the star rider. “We’re sorry to be losing Wilfried," explained Lefevere, “He’s been racing with me since 2001 and he’s always shown himself to be a great team player. But, I respect his will too. I wish Wilfried all the best and hope he can still enjoy a lot of personal success. Maybe this is just a “see you later” and not a good bye.”


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