Etixx - Quick-Step Reaches Agreement with Petr Vakoc for 2016 & 2017 Seasons
Etixx - Quick-Step reached an agreement with Czech rider Petr Vakoc to extend his contract for two more seasons (2016 & 2017). Vakoc most recently earned a bronze medal in the European Games men's Road Race, and finished his first participation in the Giro d'Italia at 22-years-old.
"I'm super happy about riding for Etixx - Quick-Step for another two years," Vakoc said "I found my place here with the staff, riders, and my race program. I think this is a good situation to develop as a young rider. I want to be better in the one-day and short stage races, and also contribute to the team during the big tours. I know exactly where my position stands for the moment. However, it's also a matter of simply developing as a rider and getting stronger. I am thrilled to do so with this team and a race program that has really worked well for me. I want to thank everyone for the trust they have in me, and I am sure this contract extension will give me an extra boost to do a good second part of the season."
"Petr is a nice, quiet, and talented guy," Etixx - Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere said. "He knows what he wants and we are pleased to reach an agreement with him. We consider him one of the best young riders of his generation. He showed how strong he can be last year when he won a stage of Tour de Pologne with a brilliant attack, and also this year with his performance at the European Games. But Petr is also a team player, and this is important for us. We want riders who think about themselves and their development, but also the needs of the team. Petr came from our continental team, now known as AWT - GreenWay, riding one year with them. He basically grew up within this team. In just a season and a half of riding as a professional we have already seen a lot of improvement from him. We are sure the best is yet to come. He has the right attitude, always wanting to learn and get better at his job."