The Classics man has signed an extension to his contract as Marcel Kittel looks to do the same

Quick-Step Floors manager, Patrick Lefevere, has confirmed that Philippe Gilbert will be staying on at the Belgian super-team for the next two years.

The former world champion has pledged his allegiance to Lefevere as the team’s future seems to be edge closer to staying in the WorldTour next year, despite no official confirmation of such.

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For a while the team had been rumoured to be packing up as Lefevere had struggled to find sponsors.

However, with Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria, Julian Alaphilippe, Laurens De Plus and Yves Lampaert committing themselves either contractually or verbally, the team look confident that they will continue to race into 2018.

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Lefevere had spoke about the difficulties of maintaining the team’s professional status.

“It is of course easy if, like Team Sky, you have one sponsor name,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.

“When you need to combine a number of people on a jersey or a pair of shorts there’s much more to it… It’s harder than I thought to come to a final agreement.”

With Gilbert on board it is expected that Marcel Kittel will re-sign too.

The German had found himself jockeying for the number one sprinting position in the team after Gaviria had dominated at the Giro d’Italia earlier in the year but with two sprint victories at this year’s Tour de France, he has shown he can still win on the biggest stage.

Kittel will be back in action on stage seven of the Tour de France today as they ride from Troyes to Nuits-Saints-Georges where he will hope to make it a third stage win.