Fabio Sabatini continues with Etixx – Quick-Step
2017 will be the Italian's third season with the team where he established himself as one of the peloton's top lead-out men.
Fabio Sabatini (31) has agreed on a new contract with Etixx – Quick-Step, following in the footsteps of Tom Boonen, Iljo Keisse and Yves Lampaert, who re-upped a few weeks ago. A pro since 2006, Fabio was the only rider to be at the side of Marcel Kittel in all the races he did this season, and a superstitious person could even say at first glance that he was the German's talisman, as the powerful sprinter nabbed a win in each of these races.
A hard-working rider, who relies on his fast legs as well as the tactical nous he possesses, Fabio knows how to protect his leader in the hectic final meters of a stage and launch him to that much desired victory. That's what he's done since the start of the season, his partnership with Marcel Kittel – one of the strongest in the peloton – helping the 28-year-old sprinter become the most successful World Tour rider of 2016. Next year, he will continue to help Marcel and show why he's such a valuable lead-out man.
"I chose to stay with Etixx – Quick-Step because I feel at home here. It's a team whose philosophy and approach I like and where I have many good friends. In the past two years I enjoyed many unforgettable moments and been part of some really great victories, such as the ones in the Grand Tours or in Scheldeprijs, where Marcel took a record fourth win. Next year, I will continue to do what I know best, as I want to prove that I'm even more determined to help my teammates and bring my contribution to other important triumphs, so that Etixx – Quick-Step remains the most winningest team in the peloton", said Fabio Sabatini, for whom 2017 will be the 12th season in the pro ranks.
"There's no secret that Fabio is one of the best lead-out riders out there. He's experienced and a real team player, giving his last ounce of energy for his leaders. Fabio is already in his second year with Etixx – Quick-Step and this season we could see there's a strong chemistry between him and Marcel. He played a part in all of Marcel's 11 wins of this year, which says a lot about how important he is for the team. To extend with him was the natural thing to do", Patrick Lefevere – Etixx – Quick-Step's CEO – explained the decision to give the Italian a new contract.
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