Colombian promise Alvaro Hodeg signs with Quick-Step Floors
Oct 03 2017 09:41 pm CET

Colombian promise Alvaro Hodeg signs with Quick-Step Floors
Colombian promise Alvaro Hodeg signs with Quick-Step Floors
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Quick-Step has signed Colombian promise Alvaro Hodeg. The rider was a stagiaire in the team and even attended last winter's training camp in Spain.

Hodeg, who is currently riding Binche-Chimay-Binche as his last race as a stagiaire, has shown his talents in races like the U23 Giro d'Italia and the Tour de l'Avenir. "How crazy is this? I think I need some time to realize I just signed a contract with Quick-Step Floors," the Colombian said.

"I can’t believe it right now, but I am super happy! When I got the chance to ride with the team as stagiaire, I was really excited and I wanted to show everybody my very best. Here just a little over a month after, I am left with no words to describe how proud I am that the squad wants me to stay, believing I have a future with them."

The rider already feels that he has found his place at Quick-Step Floors. "The whole team, from staff to sports directors and riders have given me the best welcome," he commented. "I feel already at home here and get along with everybody.

"For now, I want to do my best to help the team in my last race of the season, and then I will be looking forward to the fantastic journey I have ahead of me with Quick-Step Floors over the next two years. I am so motivated and excited about the future, for training harder and better, developing as a rider and learning from all the experience that is present here."

The team's CEO Patrick Lefevere welcomes this signing as he believes it represents the way he sees the future of the squad. "We have closely monitored Alvaro this season and we were really impressed by what we’ve seen," he affirmed. "He has the potential, talent and determination to make it as a pro. I’m sure he will find his place in the team and learn the trade from the more experienced riders, including Fernando (Gaviria), with whom he shares the passion for sprints and one-day races.

"As you already know, we put emphasis on young riders and their development because we are constantly thinking about the future, and this transfer comes in line with several other young riders who have either signed or extended with us for the next seasons."