OPQS Extends Contract with Julien Vermote
OPQS announces that it has extended its contract with Julien Vermote. The Belgian rider from team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step will continue racing with Patrick Lefevere's team for the next two seasons (2015-2016).
"Julien is a guarantee for the squad when it comes to putting himself at the service of his teammates" OPQS CEO Patrick Lefevere says. "His performance at the Giro d'Italia in the last few years and other great performances in support of his teammates during the season are proof of this. Julien is a product of the team, he has grown with us and we are proud of him. He's an eclectic athlete, capable of adapting to different situations. He is still a very young athlete with potential margins for important improvement in the near future."
"I'm very happy that I can stay with this team" Vermote says. "I passed to the pros with this team in 2011 and for me it's a kind of second home, where I know everyone and where we talk about future plans with no problem. I'm happy that I can continue my development process as an athlete in a professional but also familiar atmosphere with people who appreciate my work. I like my role on the team. I can be useful in a sprint for Cavendish like I can help Uran in a major Tour, or pedal for the team on the roads of the classics. Will I get my chance? Maybe yes, but when the conditions are right. I'm still young and I still want to progress to become a better rider."