Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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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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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds

Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds

The Sky rider says he wants to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège this season. Read the full article at Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Quick Step

We didn’t see any Quick Step Flaws In 2018, Patrick Lefevre’s boys put together a season for the ages. What does 2019 have in store? Well, they can’t possibly match last year (can they?) but nothing says Christmas on Podium Café like looking back over the most dominant cobbles season we’ve seen in the modern era. What we said last year I’m reasonably pleased with this. I was optimistic about the team surviving the loss of Boonen and continuing to lead the peloton in wins and topping the VDS rankings. I talked up the sprint unit and was optimistic of increased success in the Ardennes, and I also enthused about the chances of many strong cobbles riders between them grabbing a cobbled monument. I was comparatively down on their GC chances and I didn’t see Enric Mas coming. I also missed the sheer onslaught of wins, but I used the ...

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Jumbo-Visma confirm Van Aert for Milan-San Remo, Flanders, Paris-Roubaix

Wout van Aert appeared at the Jumbo-Visma team presentation

The Jumbo-Visma WorldTour team held their 2019 team presentation at Jumbo headquarters in Veghel on Friday, confirming the Spring Classics schedule for newcomer Wout van Aert , who will race three Monuments in his first two months with the squad. Van Aert's attorneys finally untangled his contract situation this month, clearing the way for the cyclo-cross World Champion to sign with Jumbo-Visma one year early. Van Aert was under contract with Veranda's Willems Crelan, but the team merged with Roompot for 2019. The negotiations went through the Belgian legal system and the UCI, and was at last resolved this week. Van Aert appeared with the team to show off his new jersey and Bianchi Oltre XR4. The team announced he would not race Strade Bianche - where last year he finished third - but added Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which he will race one day after his March 1 contract begins. ...

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BMW to become Deceuninck-QuickStep car supplier - News shorts

Patrick Lefevere with his new ride

After finally securing a title sponsor for his team last month, Patrick Lefevere has added BMW as a car supplier for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team. In recent years, Quick-Step Floors have been working with French manufacturer Peugeot. The team will be supplied with 15 vehicles in total, three fewer than their current store of cars. The fleet will consist of nine X1s Drive 18i and six 520i Touring, while they will also use one of the new X7 models in March to use for VIPs. "We are really pleased to have BMW join us as our new official car partner,” Lefevere said in a team press release. “We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our set-up and support the team. We believe that having an official car partner like BMW, that is as passionate about innovation as we are, can help to deliver even more success and satisfaction." Quick-Step ...

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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No more rainbow: Peter Sagan shows off new Bora-Hansgrohe jersey

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2018 Pre-Brexit Britain and Bieber at the top of the charts: remembering a time before Sagan in rainbow It's almost impossible to remember what Peter Sagan looks like not draped in rainbow. That's because for the past three years cycling's biggest star has been our sport's World Champion. Granted there has been a few days in which the Bora-Hansgrohe man has swapped that jersey for green or even yellow, but since Sunday 27th September 2015 Sagan has been the man in the multi-coloured jersey. Until now, and with those pesky course designers at the UCI, the Ardennes-esque Innsbruck World Championships posed just too tough a test for the 28-year-old who found himself out the back, dropped like a stone last week proving that he really is mortal. Eventually, a man 10 years his senior and another veteran of the Worlds podium, Alejandro Valverde, took a maiden ...

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Kwiatkowski next in line at Sky’s grand tour factory?

Kwiatkowski next in line at Sky’s grand tour factory?

The British super team believes that Michal Kwiatkowski has the potential to win a grand tour in the future. Read the full article at Kwiatkowski next in line at Sky’s grand tour factory? on VeloNews.com .

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‘Jelly Belly saved my career’

Danny Van Haute's Jelly Belly team might fold at the end of the season — and that would leave a critical void in the U.S. development Read the full article at ‘Jelly Belly saved my career’ on VeloNews.com .

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Valgren keen on increased responsibility at Dimension Data

Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team)

In August, nearing the end of a long season, a rider's motivation has the tendency to wax and wane. In Sint-Pieters-Leeuw on Friday morning, Michael Valgren ( Astana ) breezily confessed that he was not exactly inspired by the fare that awaited him on stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour , a flat run towards Lanaken. Fortunately for the Dane, the final weekend of the race features two stages that seem better tailored to his dextrous talents. "It depends. Some days the motivation is good and some days it's not so good. I'm motivated for tomorrow but on a day like today, I'd rather be on the couch relaxing, but you have to finish the stages because I get to the stages I want," Valgren told Cyclingnews . "But I'm motivated for the races in Canada too and I'm using this to get back into the race rhythm after the ...

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Van Avermaet downplays prospects of repeating Rio success at Innsbruck Worlds

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

All season long, it seems, Greg Van Avermaet is always up there. The Belgian may not have landed a Classic victory in 2018, but amid all the questions as to whether Gouden Greg's imperial phase had passed, his sheer consistency throughout the Spring was somewhat overlooked, as he knitted together top-five finishes at the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke. There was precious little respite thereafter, save for a couple of weeks of rest after overall victory at May's Tour de Yorkshire. At the Tour de France in July, Van Avermaet spent more than a week in the maillot jaune and came within inches of a stage win in Roubaix. The two weekends after La Grande Boucle saw him take 4th at the Clasica San Sebastian and then ride the European Championships in Glasgow. That same night, he caught a plane to the Netherlands to report for duty for ...

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Niki Terpstra signs for Direct Energie

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) wins Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra ( Quick-Step Floors ) will ride for Direct Energie for the 2019 season, the French Pro Continental team confirmed via Twitter on Thursday. The Dutchman has spent the past eight seasons with Quick-Step Floors, winning Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and E3 Harelbeke during his time with the Belgian WorldTour team. In a press release on Direct Energie's website, Niki Terpstra said of the move: "I was impressed by Direct Energie this season during the Flanders Classics where the riders of the team were systematically involved in the race. "Damien Gaudin, Sylvain Chavanel and Adrien Petit were among the great animators in the Belgian campaign. I also liked their aggressive style at the Tour de France." In addition to strengthening the French team's Classics capabilities, the versatile Dutchman will also bolster the squad in stage races and the Tour de France. Although in the latter stages of his ...

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Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra leaves Quick-Step Floors for Direct Energie

Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra leaves Quick-Step Floors for Direct Energie

Joe Robinson 16 Aug 2018 In a surprise move, two-time Monument champion Terpstra leaves Quick-Step after eight years for Direct Energie Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra is set to join Direct Energie in a surprising move that sees the Dutchman drop out of the WorldTour. Direct Energie confirmed the signature of the two-time Monument winner via their website on Thursday commenting that the signing 'symbolises the ambition' of the team. In what can only be considered a major coup for the ProContinental French team, the presence of Terpstra will undoubtedly help the team secure invites to the biggest one-day Classics and stage races in the calendar. Terpstra will leave Quick-Step Floors after eight seasons in which he became one of the world's best Spring Classics riders. The 34-year-old joined a select band of riders to have completed the Spring Classics double after adding this year's Tour of Flanders to ...

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Trentin turns injury-marred season around with European Championships victory

Mathieu van der Poel, Matteo Trentin and Wout van Aert show off their European Championship medals

Italy's Matteo Trentin turned what has been a season full of injuries around into a moment of emotional success by winning the men's road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. Racing for the squadra azzurra, Trentin out-sprinted a six-rider breakaway to secure the title and distinctive jersey. Trentin cracked a rib in pre-season training and then fractured his spine at Paris-Roubaix in April. He has spent eight months fighting back from injury. "It's incredible to have won after everything I've been through recently," Trentin said. "We rode perfectly as a team, and I have to thank everyone who has supported me during my problems and injuries. Nothing went right for eight months, and so I want to thank everyone who was there for me. This is a great day!" Moving from the Quick-Step program over to Mitchelton-Scott this season was meant to be an exciting time ...

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'Maybe that was my biggest victory: just to come back': Johan Museeuw on returning from injury, winning, and doping

Jack Elton-Walters 10 Aug 2018 Despite nearly losing a leg and a post-retirement doping admission, the greatest cobbled Classics rider of the 90s is finding his roar again Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Danny Bird It’s a palmarès that any rider would give their right arm for: three wins at Paris-Roubaix , three at the Tour of Flanders , one World Championship, four Tour de France stages (if you include two team time-trials ), two National Championships and a hatful of other one-day race victories. In Johan Museeuw’s case, he didn’t have to give any limbs, but he did come close to having his leg amputated after a horrific crash on the Arenberg cobbles in the 1998 Paris-Roubaix left his kneecap shattered and he contracted gangrene. The tough Belgian recovered, fought his way back to race the Classics the following year and took his second win at Roubaix the year after ...

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Bettiol returns to Slipstream 'family' with EF Education First-Drapac

Taylor Phinney and Alberto Bettiol joke around

After a season on BMC Racing , Alberto Bettiol will return to the Slipstream-owned EF Education First-Drapac team where he previously raced from 2015 through 2017. The 24-year-old Italian joined Canondale in 2014 when he was just 19, then moved to the Slipstream team when the two programs merged. Bettiol signed with BMC a the end of last season when Slipstream's Cannondale team was in danger of folding. “Alberto showed great promise when he was with us,” said Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “He was climbing near the best at the 2017 Tour de France, and he was a key part of our Classics team. He got a bit derailed in 2018, but we are going to get him back on track. “Alberto and his family were really a part of our family,” Vaughters added. “I understood when he left in the precarious situation we were in last year, but now ...

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Today at the Tour: The question of Geraint Thomas

If Team Sky thought it would face scrutiny at this Tour de France due to Chris Froome’s salbutamol case, the British squad has doubled up with Geraint Thomas wearing the maillot jaune after 13 stages, leading Froome by 1:39. In terms of PR, a team that has won five of the past six Tours, and … The post Today at the Tour: The question of Geraint Thomas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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