Direct Energie signs Niki Terpstra
Aug 16 2018 06:36 pm CET

Direct Energie signs Niki Terpstra
Direct Energie signs Niki Terpstra
Photo of Niki Terpstra (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Direct Energie has announced the signing of Niki Terpstra. The Dutch rider wants to face new challenges in a new environment.

Terpstra makes the move to the French team after being eight years at Quick-Step Floors. The palmares of the Dutchman include three national road race titles and victories in races like the Eneco Tour, the Tour de Wallonie, the Tour of Qatar, the Tour of Flanders, the E3 Harelbeke, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

"I was impressed by Direct Energie this season during the Flanders Classics where the riders of the team were systematically involved in the race," said the rider. "Damien Gaudin, Sylvain Chavanel and Adrien Petit were among the great animators of the Belgian campaign. I also saw their state of mind at the Tour de France: I like it!"

Terpstra also has a clear view of what he wants to achieve with the team. "I dream to bring to Direct Energie a prestigious victory at a big Classic. And Above all, to win a stage in the Tour de France: I have tried that a lot and joining a French team can be the trigger!" he added.

Direct Energie's Sports Director Jean-Rene Bernaudeau is also glad about this signing. "Welcoming a rider of the calibre of Niki is a pride for Direct Energie," he commented. "He has character and ambition, like us! I am happy to see that he shares our values and wishes to be part of our project."




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