Elia Viviani signs for Quick-Step Floors
Aug 16 2017 03:53 pm CET

Elia Viviani signs for Quick-Step Floors
Elia Viviani signs for Quick-Step Floors


Quick-Step Floors has signed Elia Viviani. The rider will form part of the Belgian team until 2019.

After three years in Team Sky, the versatile rider has chosen to go to the Belgian squad for the next two seasons. The Olympic champion has earned several victories on the road and on the track and is considered one of the biggest Italian riders in the peloton.

Viviani is happy about this new challenge. "Quick-Step Floors is the best choice I could make," he said. "When Patrick Lefevere came with this offer, I just couldn’t say no to one of the biggest teams in the world.

"I am honoured to join a squad with such a fantastic pedigree, one that has excelled in the art of sprinting over time. I couldn’t be happier about this transfer, so that’s why I want to thank Patrick and the entire team for this chance and their trust."

The rider also dedicated some words to his current team. "I also want to thank Team Sky for the three years spent together and the great memories, but now the time has come to take on a new challenge," he explained.

"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. 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."

Viviani will be reunited with former teammate Fabio Sabatini, considered one of the best lead-out riders in the peloton, and it doesn't come as a surprise that he too got a contract extension until 2019. "I am happy Elia joined the team, it will be really great to work together with him again," commented the rider. "When Patrick (Lefevere) talked with me and explained this new project, I was enthusiastic. Both Patrick and the team showed how much they believe in me, so it was only natural to extend my contract and continue helping this great squad!"

Quick-Step's CEO Patrick Lefevere believes that Viviani will be a good fit. "We have followed Elia’s career for a long time and now we are happy to welcome him to the team. He is a proven winner, a rider who has an impressive palmares and an equally impressive set of skills, and I’m convinced he will fit perfectly in our team with his mentality and winning attitude."
Photo of Elia Viviani (cropped) by Team Sky