Tim Declercq goes World Tour with Etixx – Quick-Step
Our team confirms the transfer of the 27-year-old Belgian, who will bring the number of new riders for next season to seven, following the signings of Eros Capecchi, Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Philippe Gilbert, Enric Mas and Maximilian Schachmann.
A former U23 National Champion, Tim Declercq turned professional in 2012 and since then has proved his credentials in the one-day races, notching top 10 placings in various events such as Coppa Bernocchi, Tour du Finistère, Dwars door het Hageland, Schaal Sels and Le Samyn. A powerful rider who isn't afraid of taking on tough races, the 27-year-old will now step up to World Tour level with Etixx – Quick-Step, where he is expected to be a solid pillar of the team.
"I am very excited, this move is a dream come true! It's really great to sign a contract with Etixx – Quick-Step and know that from now on I will be part of this team and bring my services whenever people will need me. I talked with Patrick Lefevere, I know what my role will be and I'm ready to give it my all and work really hard. It's an honor to ride for Etixx – Quick-Step, a team who loves the cobbles as much as I do and I am grateful for this opportunity. I also want to send my thanks to Topsport Vlaanderen for being by my side during my first pro years, as this meant a lot for me", said Tim Declercq, who featured in the original breakaway at the past two editions of Paris-Roubaix.
Patrick Lefevere, the CEO of Etixx – Quick-Step, was content with this new transfer for the upcoming season and welcomed the Belgian to the team: "We were looking for such a rider to add to our 2017 roster and Tim really fits well into our structure. We've been following him for some time now and could see he is very consistent, a strong rider on which you can rely in any kind of situation. He has a big engine that he can really put to work on the flat and I'm confident that he will repay our trust and be very important in our set-up for next year."
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