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Elia Viviani moves to Quick-Step Floors until 2019

Joe Robinson
16 Aug 2017

Italian sprinter Elia Viviani moves from Team Sky over to Quick-Step Floors

In domino effect fashion, with Marcel Kittel announced to leave Quick-Step Floors, Italian sprinter Elia Viviani announced he will be inbound to the Belgian WorldTour team until 2019. 

The move of Viviani comes as no surprise with the Italian having been linked with a move away from Team Sky since May. After being emitted from the line up of the Giro d'Italia, Viviani was instantly linked with moves to UAE Team Emirates.

Relations broke down to such an extend that it was said that Viviani was willing to break his contract early and leave on August 1st, unlike the usual January transition period.

The move to Quick-Step Floors comes as a relative surprise, but with the departure of Kittel and an impressive palamres, it is clear why the Belgian team wanted him.

Viviani will add versatility to an already successful Quick-Step Floors squad that already boasts Julian Alaphillippe, Niki Terpstra and Fernando Gaviria amongst its roster.

With a gold medal in the omnium at Rio 2016 and stage victories at the Giro d'Italia, Viviani will be expected to hunt stage victories and small one-day victories whilst aiding fellow sprinter Gaviria. 

Viviani told Quick-Step floors online that he believes this move best suits his career whilst also showing excitement at riding alongside Gaviria. 

'This is the right step in my career, because I'm confident it can help me progress. I am 28 now and I really want to find out next season what I can do in an outfit which gives me opportunities.' he said.

'I'm also excited about being on the same team with Fernando Gaviria, one of the fastest riders in the peloton, who I got to know from the events we raced together as opponents in the past two seasons.'

Whilst Viviani signs for the Quick-Step Floors now, he is most likely going to be representing a new team name next year. Quick-Step Floors will be stepping down as chief sponsor with a mystery company coming in to lend its name to the Belgian team. 

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