Deceuninck-Quick-Step has announced the arrival of Sam Bennett and Shane Archbold on Tuesday. With the top sprinter and his regular lead-out , the Belgian formation has its team for next year.
Bennett and Archbold make the switch from BORA-hansgrohe and sign for two years with the team of manager Patrick Lefevere. Earlier it was already known that the Irishman Bennett would leave the German team.
29-year-old Bennett lived in dismay with the team management after being excluded from the selection of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. He already had an oral agreement about a new contract, but threatened to take legal action to get away with it.
Deceuninck-Quick-Step's interest had been known for some time. The Belgian team was the most successful team in the WorldTour peloton last season with 68 victories.
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Bennett very happy with transfer
"I am very happy with this transfer. I used to have a poster of this team hanging over my bed as a child," says Bennett on the website of his new employer.
"If I used to look at a race, I was always impressed by them. I never thought I would be good enough to drive here myself."
The Irishman is eager to start the new season. "This is really a dream come true. I can't wait to ride the boys. After all those years with my previous team, this feels like a fresh start."
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Dutch champion Jakobsen rides at Quick-Step
The Irish champion achieved thirteen victories this year, including two stage victories in the Vuelta a España. At Deceuninck-Quick-Step, he has to succeed Elia Viviani who is leaving for Cofidis. With the 23-year-old Dutch champion Fabio Jakobsen, the Belgian team still has a sprinter.
Bennett has been driving for BORA since 2014, which was then called NetApp-Endura. He was always in the shadow of triple world champion Peter Sagan, while the German sprinter Pascal Ackermann was sometimes preferred.
Thirty-year-old New Zealander Archbold has been with BORA since 2013. The former track cyclist only started in the Tour in 2016 and this year achieved his greatest success with a stage win in the Tour of the Czech Republic.