Niki Terpstra signs for Direct Energie

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) will ride for Direct Energie for the 2019 season, the French Pro Continental team confirmed via Twitter on Thursday.

The Dutchman has spent the past eight seasons with Quick-Step Floors, winning Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and E3 Harelbeke during his time with the Belgian WorldTour team.

In a press release on Direct Energie’s website, Niki Terpstra said of the move: “I was impressed by Direct Energie this season during the Flanders Classics where the riders of the team were systematically involved in the race.


“Damien Gaudin, Sylvain Chavanel and Adrien Petit were among the great animators in the Belgian campaign. I also liked their aggressive style at the Tour de France.”

In addition to strengthening the French team’s Classics capabilities, the versatile Dutchman will also bolster the squad in stage races and the Tour de France.

Although in the latter stages of his career, Terpstra has already had a successful 2018 with two of his biggest career victories in the Tour of Flanders and E3 Harelbeke, as well as a solo victory at Le Samyn.

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