Michal Kwiatkowski looking to extend stay with Etixx - Quick-Step

World champion is just one of several top Etixx riders whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the 2015 season

Michal Kwiatkowski in the 2015 Fleche Wallonne
(Image credit: Watson)

Michal Kwiatkowski has made it clear that he will be eyeing a new contract with Etixx - Quick-Step when his current one come to an end this season, while teammates Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar have also stated their desire to stay with the Belgian outfit.

24-year-old Kwiatkowski, who already holds an impressive palmarés after his three years with Etixx, is unlikely to be short of offers from other teams, but told Het Nieuwsblad last weekend that he feels staying put would be the best way to keep improving as a rider.

“After Liege I will listen to my manager Giuseppe Acquadro. I want to stay,” Kwiatkoski said.

“I am taking a step forward here year after year. I feel better and better in the team and more and more supported.”

Alaphilippe, who finished second in both Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege last week, is also likely to stay on despite interest from French teams, along with Strade Bianche winner Stybar who said "there is almost no better team" for him right now.

Mark Cavendish is another Etixx rider who's contract is due to expire at the end of the current season. However the 29-year-old said earlier this year that he "not worried" about his expiring deal and insisted he was keen to stay, despite comments from general manager Patrick Lefevere in February that stated a new contract for Cavendish would be dependent on the Brit's Tour de France performance.

Richard Windsor
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