The Invisible Man: The life of a domestique

Joe Robinson 16 Jan 2019 Cyclist chatted to Tim Declercq about life as a domestique, not finishing races and being scared of descending You know it's not all sunshine, rainbows and WorldTour victories at Deceuninck-Quick Step . Fair enough, they did win 77 times last year, over 20 times more than anyone else, but it doesn't come without the tireless work of a hidden few. Because for every singing race car there's a chugging diesel. For every Julian Alaphilippe or Elia Viviani dancing to yet another win, there is an Iljo Keisse or Rémi Cavagna churning along on the front, long before the television cameras have gone live. The peloton's invisible men. One of those invisible men is Tim Declercq. An imposing man of 6ft 3in (190.5cm), born in the Flandrien city of Leuven with a reverberating voice that could fill a room. Shuffling around the Deceuninck-Quick Step media day ...

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