Patrick Lefevere: It hurt to let Niki Terpstra go

Patrick Lefevere enjoying the sunshine

Patrick Lefevere was happy to preside over another successful season for his Quick-Step Floors team, during which the Belgian WorldTour squad chalked up no fewer than 73 victories , including the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Lefevere has had to wave goodbye to a couple of his star riders in the shape of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who will ride for Direct Energie next year, and double Tour de France stage winner Fernando Gaviria, who has joined UAE Team Emirates for 2019. But the team is in as rude a health as ever, having secured the services of junior time trial and road race world champion Remco Evenepoel and, perhaps most importantly, a new title sponsor in the shape of window manufacturer Deceuninck, with the team to be called Deceuninck-QuickStep next year. Lefevere spends a lot of his time talking about money: money to pay his riders and staff, and ...

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