Van Petegem on his way to Quick Step?

Before crashing out of yesterday's Scheldeprijs with a broken collarbone, Davitamon-Lotto's Peter va

Before crashing out of yesterday's Scheldeprijs with a broken collarbone, Davitamon-Lotto's Peter va


Peter van Petegem's participation in Wednesday's Grote Scheldeprijs was short and painful. Only 65 kilometres into the race he crashed and broke his left collarbone, adding injury to a week that already brought him disqualification in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. The Belgian underwent surgery later in the afternoon and is looking at two weeks off the bike, writes Susanne Horsdal.

But it seems the Davitamon-Lotto rider will have plenty to think about during this involuntary break. According to reports in the Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen, Van Petegem may be joining Tom Boonen at Quick Step next year - a notion Van Petegem didn't exactly reject before the start of the race.

"There are a number of teams that are interested and it's going to be a difficult decision," was his comment.

It's no secret that the Davitamon-Lotto team has had a meagre season so far, missing out on important victories. That has resulted in the CEO of Davitamon, Marc Coucke, publicly criticising Van Petegem, indicating that he was an overpaid rider who only went well one week a year - a criticism that came out shortly before the Tour of Flanders.

Asked whether that criticism would have any influence on his decision where to ride next year, the 36 year old kept his answer to: "Certain things have happened."

A transfer to Quick Step would clearly mean that Van Petegem would have to take a back seat to Boonen and, not surprisingly, the world champion doesn't mind the thought of having someone like Van Petegem on board.

"I know Peter well, he's a friend of mine and for sure I'd like to have him on the team. He would be a major asset," was Boonen's comment on the speculation.

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