Gilbert and Vanmarcke linked with Etixx-Quick Step, but what about Boonen?

Etixx-Quick Step boss Patrick Lefevere discusses his transfers and his dilemma over re-signing Tom Boonen

Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere has been a busy man in recent months, finalising his roster for the 2017 season and I’m sure many people will envy the position he finds himself in.

The Belgian team pride themselves in its Classics prowess, but have found themselves off the podium in the big one day races in recent years.

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To try and rectify that, Philippe Gilbert is close to signing with Etixx from BMC – the big name signing reportedly made possible by the former world champion’s low salary demands.

“I was surprised how low his base salary was,” Lefevere told De Telegraaf.

“Gilbert wants to work with a bonus system, because he wishes to attain great success. [That is something] that I appreciate.”

LottoNL-Jumbo‘s cobbled Classics specialist Sep Vanmarcke is also linked with a move to the Belgian team, according to Sporza, but where does that leave Tom Boonen?

The 35-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and Lefevere says he is still deciding whether to offer the four-time Paris-Roubaix winner a new deal.

“We’d like to keep Tom, but his popularity is leveling off abroad. At Paris-Roubaix there was a real upsurge, but we just can not do it based on that fact.”

Boonen fell just short of winning his fifth title in Roubaix this year, losing out to Orica’s Mat Hayman.