Beloftenkampioen Jakobsen to Quick-Step, two Belgians for Sunweb
The Dutch beloftenkampioen Fabio Jakobsen makes next year his pro debut in Quick-Step Floors. Team Sunweb has for the coming years, reinforced with the Belgian racing drivers, Louis Vervaeke and Edward Theuns.
The only 20-year-old Jakobsen, currently for SEG Racing Academy suits, crowning himself this summer for the second time in a row Dutch champion with the promises.
He booked Saturday in the second stage of the Tour de l’avenir to his seventh victory of the season. The Belgian team sees in the young man, a talented sprinter with ambitions in the spring classics.
“I think that every rider dreams to be a pro, but I’m speechless that I have an offer from such a big team as this have received”, says Jakobsen in a press release. “It won’t be easy, but I think I am through hard work and determination to show far can come.”
Team boss Patrick Lefevere says he’s been followed. “We keep our eyes always open in the beloftencategorie. Fabio has shown a lot of talent and potential, so we didn’t have to think twice to give him a two year contract offer.”
Jakobsen is the fourth acquisition for Quick-Step, that some of the big names such as Marcel Kittel (Katusha) and Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) saw leave. The Belgian formation explained previously Jhonatan Narvaez (Axeon Hagens Berman), Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky).
Team Sunweb is coming to season two Belgians richer. The 23-year-old Vervaeke comes about of Lotto Soudal, while the 26-year-old Theuns the transition from Pull-Segafredo to the German team.
They are after Martijn Tusveld the second and third rookie for next year and have both for two years signed to the Dutch formation.
Team Sunweb has high expectations of both talents. Vervaeke may be located in the shadow of teammate Tom Dumoulin to develop into a klassementsrenner, while Theuns with the eye on the spring classics is achieved.
The Belgian knew in 2015 with the modest Topsport Vlaanderen are breakthrough and recently won a stage in the BinckBank Tour. Vervaeke is still waiting on his first major victory.
Sports director Marc Reef is pleased with both acquisitions. “Louis is a boost for our team with the eye on our donít have any gc ambitions. He can join us to develop as klassementsrenner and hopefully in the future, for their own opportunities.”
“Edward we pick someone who we already follow,” continues Reef. “We think he’s still major steps. He is our leader in the classics and an addition to our sprints.”
Summary: The main wielertransfers for 2018