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Omega Pharma signs de la Cruz for two years

David de la Cruz has signed a two-year contract with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, the team announced Monday.

The 25-year-old Spaniard has been a professional since 2010, when he rode for Caja Rural. He switched to NetApp-Endura for the 2013 season.

A talented climber, de la Cruz will bolster Omega Pharma’s GC ambitions starting next season. He finished second in the sixth stage at the Amgen Tour of California this year en route to a 10th-place overall result.

“We think this guy has his best years in front of him,” Omega Pharma CEO Patrick Lefevere said in a team release. “He has already shown his potential the past two years, such as when he was 2nd on the queen stage at Tour of California. We knew about him and that he could be a rider that could strengthen the group of climbers we already have on the team. When I spoke with him, we came to an agreement quickly. I think he can be a factor in the climbs next year and we’re happy to have him with us at OPQS.”

Added de la Cruz: “I know a few of the guys from the team, especially Michal Kwiatkowski when we were teammates on Caja Rural. When I talked with Patrick Lefevere, he explained that my role on the team would be to help the GC guys in the mountains, but that I can also be useful in the right moments. I will do all that I can to grow as a rider. No one can understand how happy I feel right now and I will do everything 100 percent to continue to develop as a rider on this team.”

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