Pau - Quick-Step have
announced they've reached an agreement with Zdenek Stybar to extend his
contract for the next two seasons.
The Czech rider, victor in the Le Havre finale of Tour de France Stage 6, will
ride with the team of Patrick Lefevere for the next two seasons (2016-2017).
"I'm really happy to announce this news," Stybar said.
really happy that I can continue with this team for two more years. I would
like to thank team owner Zdenek Bakala, who is Czech like I am,
and Patrick Lefevere for the trust they showed in me. Their trust
gives me a boost of self-confidence and the will to do work hard and do
well. I got one of my biggest opportunities in my cycling career with
Etixx - Quick-Step. I was able to be successful in cyclocross, and then
transition to road racing where I've participated in the biggest races in the
world, including the cobbled races that I love. I've won a few races already on
the road and would like to try and win more. I am excited to stay with this
team, which has Belgian roots but an international influence. So we can grow up
in a multicultural environment, and benefit from each other as a group and
individuals. I have to also say the team has a good spirit. We are good
friends and something important to me. It's a big reason why I want to stay for
two more seasons. We even have the best materials in the pro peloton,
which gives me confidence as I continue to grow as a road rider with cyclocross
“We are really satisfied with this agreement,” Etixx - Quick-Step CEO Patrick
“We believed and we invested in Zdenek when he passed from
cyclocross to road racing. Zdenek is a committed guy that did a lot of
progression in those years. Zdenek is a fighter and a guy who knows what he
wants. He won already great races, such as a stage at La Vuelta, at Le Tour,
Eneco Tour, and Strade Bianche. But we strongly believe that the best in his
case has yet to come."