Deceuninck-Quick-Step confirms signing of Sam Bennett, takes Shane Archbold with him
Dec 04 2019 12:38 am CET

Deceuninck-Quick-Step confirms signing of Sam Bennett, takes Shane Archbold with him
Deceuninck-Quick-Step confirms signing of Sam Bennett, takes Shane Archbold with him

The rumours have been finally confirmed: Deceuninck-Quick-Step has signed sprinter Sam Bennett with a two-year contract.

For months it has been rumoured and somehow confirmed that the Irish national champion wanted to leave Bora-hansgrohe and sign with the Belgian team. The rider -who has taken 42 victories to date, including five in Grand Tours- will be an outstanding addition to an already very successful team.

"I am delighted to get to sign with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, the team I had a poster of on my wall when I was a kid," Bennett commented. "I remember going to a race with An Post and seeing Quick-Step at races and I was intimidated by such a big team. I never thought I would be good enough to sign for them, so be able to say that I am riding for them is a dream come true and I can't wait to get to work with the guys and starting working and racing with them.

"It is a daunting task to race for this team, but it is motivating and a challenge, having been with my previous team for so long and I feel refreshed. It is fantastic to be having Shane here too. I am delighted for him as he had a few years where he wasn't getting opportunities, so for us to both be here is special. To have a friend and a work colleague with him, it makes the job easier too."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step has also signed Shane Archbold, who is considered by many as one of the best lead-out men in the sport and has established a good partnership with Bennett. "It is a childhood a dream for a lot of riders to join Deceuninck-Quick-Step, so I am very happy," the New Zealander said.

"It has been an up and down few years for me and to be able to join them is great for me and I am looking forward to being able to improve and race with what is regarded as the world's best team. Obviously, me and Sam have had a good relationship since 2013 and it will be great to continue that. We have grown as a pair since then and to be able to be part of the progress of a great friend is an honour."

Patrick Lefevere, CEO of the team, is very pleased with this signing -one that he had been working hard for several months. "The protracted nature of Sam's move has been well documented but I am delighted to have him on board," he affirmed. "His palmares alone speaks volumes about his talent and determination, but he is also a great character and another leader to have around the team. We all cannot wait to start working with him.

"We know how important it is for a sprinter to have a lead-out man that he fully understands and has faith in. While we have several excellent lead-out guys already here, when it became clear that we could add Shane to our squad to help Sam, it made complete sense. He is extremely skilful at what he does and is rightly regarded as one of the best in the world."



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