The bullet is through the church: Niki Terpstra leaves Quick Step Floors and drive next season for the French Right Energy. The Dutchman has this at the age of 34 have a great season managed to redeem.
Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere had it the past few weeks a few times already have you believe: he doubted whether Terpstra financial still hold – and feasible would be after the delicious spring of the Dutchman. Terpstra dominated the kasseiklassiekers with more victories in E3 Harelbeke and Tour of Flanders and a third place in Paris-Roubaix. The Dutchman had two options: or he has opted for continuity in Lefevere, or he passed once more along the point of sale.
Terpstra has clearly opted for at the age of 34 still once to visit the booths to pass through. The Dutchman drove for the past eight seasons in the service of Lefevere, eight seasons in which he in addition to the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix managed to win. He grew the past few years, little by little, to become one of the dominant riders on the cobblestones. It is not clear whether Terpstra still some riders may bring to the predominantly French team based in the Vendée.
The relocation of Terpstra to the French team will next spring the battle for the wild cards even more intense. Direct Energy was last spring, after all, not at the start of the Tour of Flanders. With Terpstra in the ranks, it is inconceivable that the French were there in april of next year will not be on the Antwerp Grote Markt.