World champion Michal Kwiatkowski admits he has received an offer from Team Sky to join the British team for 2016, but insists he wants to remain at Etixx-Quick-Step.
The Belgian team has several high-profile riders out of contract at the end of the season, including Mark Cavendish, and team manager Patrick Lefevere has a decision to make about which ones he wants to keep.
Team Sky are keen to add the Pole to their roster for the next year, but Kwiatkowski announced at the Etixx Tour de France presentation that staying with his current team would be his prefered option.
"I have a clear offer from Team Sky. My agent has it but I want to really stay at Etixx but it’s all about an answer from Patrick Lefevere," Kwiatkowski said.
"It’s not about searching for a new path. It’s about staying here and as you know the team haven’t signed yet with Mark Cavendish, [Rigoberto] Uran, [Tom] Boonen and other riders.
"I would like it all finished by August and there’s no way I’ll wait until the end of the season.
"I would keep it calm but when you have news in the media every week about it you have to answer. I would like to focus more on the races and that’s why I have my agent, but lets hope it can be finished at the right time. The longer I talk, it’s worse but I want to stay."
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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