Quick Step signs Devenyns, Vandewalle and Van Keirsbulck until the end of 2013
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Quick Step signs Devenyns, Vandewalle and Van Keirsbulck until the end of 2013

by Conal Andrews at 12:27 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Team continues to plan ahead after Tom Boonen's re-signing

Dries DevenynsIn a show of approval for Quick Step riders Dries Devenyns, Kristof Vandewalle and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, the Belgian team has announced that it intends to retain the riders until the end of 2013. The trio will remain with the team for two and a half more seasons, working alongside Tom Boonen and others in the squad.

“Dries, Kristof and Guillaume are three athletes who have different skills, who’ve proven their worth and have always been team players,” said Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere today. “This is also one of the reasons they’re a part of our work project. We’re counting on them a lot, both for the present as well as the immediate future. These athletes are young talent that are essential to our team’s strategy.”

Vandewalle is 26 years old and this year finished a solid 19th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He was best-placed of the team’s riders there. Devenyns is a year older and previously won the Belgian Under 23 title; earlier this year, he was sixth in Brabantse Pijl.

Van Keirsbulk is the youngest of the trio, and is one of the most promising young Belgian riders. The first year pro is just 20 years of age and won the junior Paris-Roubaix race in 2009.

He’s the grandson of Benoni Beheyt, who famously outsprinted Rik Van Looy to win the 1963 world pro championship, and who won a stage of the Tour de France the following season.

Team captain Tom Boonen recently confirmed that he would extend with the team. His new deal also takes him to the end of 2013, and he has an option to extent that by a season. He and new French champion Sylvain Chavanel will lead the team in the Tour de France. Devenyns will also take part.

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