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Remco Evenepoel extends with Deceuninck-QuickStep until 2023

Arguably the biggest talent in road cycling pledges his commitment to Lefevere's team for three more years

Joe Robinson
23 Aug 2019

The best signing of the 2019/2020 cycling transfer season may not be a new rider switching teams but a rider extending his current contract. Deceuninck-QuickStep have announced that 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel will remain with the team through to the end of 2023.

The deal will extend Evenepoel's stay at the Belgian WorldTour team for a further three years having signed as a neo-pro with the team at the beginning of the season.

Talking on the deal, the Belgian rider spoke of how team manager Patrick Lefevere was vital in his decision to stay put.

'I am happy and proud that I have extended my stay with Deceuninck-QuickStep and I will continue to build my future together with this amazing group. The team have believed in me from the very beginning and that means a lot,' said Evenepoel.

'Signing a new deal was the logical thing to do and after talking with Patrick about it, I agreed immediately.

'Deceuninck-QuickStep is the perfect environment for me, a second family where we are always working together to improve with passion, professionalism and commitment, and this is a very important aspect for me.'

The youngest rider in the WorldTour currently, Evenepoel is hotly tipped by most as the future of Belgian Grand Tour racing and cycling more generally.

He signed for Patrick Lefevere's team in 2018 deciding to skip racing as an under 23 and, instead, jump straight to cycling's highest level.

It was a justified move considering he became the third youngest rider in history to win a one-day race when he soloed to victory at the WorldTour level Classica San Sebastian race before then taking the elite title at the European Championships time-trial a month later.

The current junior road and time trial World Champion is set to race the Deutschland Tour next week before honing in on the Worlds in Yorkshire at the end of September.

Recently, some tipped Evenepoel to race the Tour de France in 2020 however team manager Lefevere said that he was unlikely to put the young rider in that position of pressure and again reaffirmed that when Evenepoel announced his contract renewal.

'We believe that he can have a bright future in cycling. We put our trust in him and he has a lot of confidence in us,' said Lefevere.

'In the first months of his career, he really hit the ground running and dazzled everyone, exceeding all expectations.

'In spite of that, we won’t let ourselves get carried away, and instead continue with our well-structured program as well as adapting to his continuous development, while remaining at all times in contact with Remco and his family, as was the case since he has joined our team.'