Soudal Quick-Step sign 19-year-old multi-discipline talent Paul Magnier

Frenchman becomes second rider to move from Trinity Racing to Patrick Lefevere's squad, joining on a three-year deal

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Paul Magnier took the bronze medal at the U23 European Championship Road Race this year

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Paul Magnier took the bronze medal at the U23 European Championship Road Race this year

Becoming the second rider to move from Trinity Racing to Soudal Quick-Step, 19-year-old Paul Magnier has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will see him ride for Patrick Lefevere's squad until the end of 2026.

The Frenchman's transfer will see him join forces with fellow Trinity teammate Luke Lamperti at the Belgian squad, whose move was confirmed to GCN back in August.

Read more: Luke Lamperti signs two-year contract with Soudal-Quick Step

With the talks of a merger with Jumbo-Visma (soon to be Visma | Lease a Bike) long behind them, Belgian WorldTeam Soudal Quick-Step are casting their eyes to the future, and Magnier has become their sixth signing under the age of 23 ahead of the new season.

With the look of a punchy one-day racer about him, it is no surprise to see Magnier delighted to join forces with Julian Alaphilippe on the Quick-Step squad, a rider whom he will have no doubt idolised whilst growing up.

"It’s incredible to be on the same team as Julian Alaphilippe, a two-time World Champion who told me great things about the Wolfpack," said Magnier.

"I already got a warm welcome here and I love it. It’s also important for me that I will continue to ride the Specialized bikes, which I love, and I want to thank everyone for this fantastic opportunity."

Magnier has ridden a Specialized bike throughout 2023 with Trinity Racing, a UCI Continental side based in the United Kingdom. To make the jump from Conti to WorldTour level is a brave move for a rider still aged 19, but Magnier has spoken of his excitement at joining the most successful team of the last 23 years.

"I feel very excited and proud to be part of this fantastic team and I can’t wait to join Soudal Quick-Step for the first training camp in Calpe. This is a squad with an immense tradition when it comes to developing young riders, and as I love the Classics, I know I am in the right place."

Promising results as an U23 pay off for Magnier

Hailing from Grenoble in France, Magnier has only been interested in professional cycling for six years, but soon picked up a plethora of results that shot him into prominence as one of the most exciting talents from the U23 peloton.

Magnier is not only a road racer but also a mountain biker, and it is in this discipline that he won a bronze medal at the 2022 Junior Mountain Bike World Championships, a performance equalled on the road this season at the European Championships.

Away from championship events, Magnier's progression has been equally impressive. The Frenchman rode as a junior for his nation at the Giro della Lunigiana last year and won two stages on his way to sealing second place overall, behind recent UAE Team Emirates recruit António Morgado.

Racing in Trinity colours this season, Magnier came to the fore at the Tour of Britain amongst the elites, placing 20th after consistent performances throughout the eight stages. His displays have been enough to garner the attention, interest and now signature of Quick-Step team boss Lefevere.

“We’ve been following Paul for quite some time now and he had a very impressive run in the junior and U23 ranks," said the Belgian.

"He is very versatile and talented – as shown by his remarkable results across several disciplines – has a lot of potential, and at the same time, he is eager to learn and gain experience. These things make us excited and confident for the upcoming season.”

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