Gerald Ciolek is hoping to regain his winning kick with a move to Quick Step for 2011.
The 2006 U-23 world champion has only won three races in two seasons at Milram, but is optimistic he will be able to have more impact on Quick Step.
“It is a dream come true for me. I always looked upon this team with admiration and great esteem,” Ciolek said. “I am very motivated for next season. 2010 was a tough year for me, after my fall at Tour of Qatar I was forced to the sidelines for 10 weeks and this inevitably compromised all of my season, I never managed to be 100 percent competitive. Besides putting in my effort for sprints, I am ready to be at the team’s service in northern European ‘classic’ races as well. I love those races, they have a unique charm, and I have already had a chance to compete in them.”
Ciolek, who has an option for 2012 with the team, brings new firepower to Quick Step, which has also signed Francesco Chicchi and Niki Terpstra for next season.
“Ciolek’s arrival, as well as the return of Chicchi, represent a major point of strength for our team, especially where sprints are concerned,” said Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere. “And not just that: Ciolek, together with some other new important arrivals, like that of Dutch champion Niki Terpstra, is a fundamental step in enhancing our team for next season in order to be more competitive in the so-called ‘classic’ races.”