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Lefevere hoping to hold on to Alaphilippe at Deceuninck-QuickStep

Julian Alaphilippe in Liège

Deceuninck-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere says that he hopes he can hold on to star rider Julian Alaphilippe when the Frenchman's contract with the Belgian WorldTour team comes to an end after this season. Lefevere told the Belgian press that the pair have already talked, and that the feeling's mutual that both parties would like to continue to work together, although apparently "not at all costs". "Julian knows what he means to us, and we also know what we mean to him," Lefevere said on Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad 's website, nieuwsblad.be . "But there's a difference between upgrading a contract by tens of thousands of euros versus hundreds of thousands." Over the years, Lefevere has regularly let his star riders leave for new teams if his team's budget won't stretch to a more expensive new contract. Rather than spend most of his money on one rider – as other ...

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Julian Alaphilippe could move to Total Direct Energie on €4m per year deal

Julian Alaphilippe could move to Total Direct Energie on €4m per year deal

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Frenchman subject to big money offer from ProContinental team in bid to bolster WorldTour bid Julian Alaphilippe's exceptional spring could have earned him a bumper payday as it was reported that French ProContinental team Total Direct Energie are willing to offer him a contract worth €4 million a year. Reported in both French and Italian press over the weekend, Total Direct Energie is in 'pole position' to acquire the talents of the recent winner of Fleche Wallonne who currently rides for Deceuninck-QuickStep . Both reports suggest that the deal would be worth around €4 million per year, among one of the highest yearly salaries in the sport. Alaphilippe has proved his worth as one of the world's best riders with 10 victories already this season. The Frenchman is also the only rider to have won three one-day WorldTour races this season, at Strade Bianche, Fleche ...

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How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2019 on TV

The Giro d'Italia will be here from 4 May–27 May 2018

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Niki Terpstra: I'll be back

Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) was third at Le Samyn

Niki Terpstra left the hospital on Monday after suffering a severe concussion during a crash at the Tour of Flanders . The Dutch rider posted a photo of the Terminator, saying ‘I’ll be back’, but his Direct Energie team quickly confirmed he would not ride Paris-Roubaix and likely needs significant time to recover from the concussion's effects. "I’m suffering from a heavy concussion after yesterday’s crash," Terpstra tweeted late on Monday. "I’ve spent the night in the hospital under 24h observation and now I’m back home. The best place for me to recover and have complete (bed) rest for the upcoming period. #offline." Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Terpstra's wife, Ramona, who had seen the crash on live television, took him home to the Netherlands. "I panicked terribly, tears ran down my cheeks and I was shaking in my legs," she is reported as saying. "Those minutes that Niki ...

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No jealousy at Deceunick-QuickStep, says Stybar

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

It was perhaps a measure of Zdenek Stybar's current position in the firmament of galacticos at Deceuninck-QuickStep that he was excused duty at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday with an eye to the weekend's main event, the Tour of Flanders. Tom Boonen once shed light on the hierarchy within Patrick Lefevere's star system by explaining how, following the retirement of Johan Museeuw in 2004, he was promoted from being "a midweek guy" – a winner of races like Gent-Wevelgem and E3 Harelbeke – to a leader trusted with the onerous task of carrying off victory in a Monument. Stybar, already winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 BinckBank Classic, has been the most successful of Deceuninck-QuickStep's quartet of Ronde leaders so far this season, but he insists that his status was no different to a year ago. He will set off from Antwerp on an equal footing with Bob ...

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Tour of Flanders: Rating the top contenders - Podcast

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful , Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville , we hear from John Degenkolb, Michael Valgren and Adri van der Poel. On the eve of the Tour of Flanders we look at the form of the pre-race favourites and take on the challenge of rating Peter Sagan , Niki Terpstra and Wout van Aert . The race is the second Monument of the season, and Cyclingnews will have complete live coverage on Sunday. You can follow the action throughout the day, right here . To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful ...

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Tour of Flanders Preview

A look at the big races on Sunday You can keep your Tours de France and your World Championships. For those of us in the know, there’s no better race than the Tour of Flanders. We’ve got a Sunday in the sun coming up, with two superb races over the cobbles to Oudenaarde. More detail and some predictions below. The Men’s Route There’s really very little I can add to what was outlined last year by Chris. The course is, insofar as it’ll matter, the same as last year. The gory details are here – 17 helligen and 5 sections of “flat” cobbles, 270km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde. What maters? Well, the first named obstacle is the Lippenhovestraat after 87km, and the first hellig is the initial passage of the Oude Kwaremont after 119km. We hit the Muur after 171km, and that’s always fun and is arguably where the race ...

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Niki Terpstra’s Wilier Triestina Cento10PRO for the Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra's Wilier Cento10PRO

Dutch rider to defend title on stunning custom Wilier

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Niki Terpstra's Wilier Triestina Cento10PRO for the Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra's Wilier Triestina Cento10PRO for the Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra will be riding a Wilier Cento10PRO with a gorgeous custom painted fork as he defends his Tour of Flanders title on Sunday April the 7th. The Direct Energie racer's machine is pretty much standard, save for the Cento10PRO #CobblesCrusher edition carbon fork. Top Five Aero Bikes Wilier reviews and news How to watch the Spring Classics Live While 'cobble crusher' makes it sound as if the Italian brand might have added trick suspension to its aero bike especially for the 2019 editions of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, the reality is somewhat different — the fork simply has an intricate paint job depicting the cobbles the Dutch rider will be tackling this Spring. Wilier tell us that Terpstra is more than happy using a stock fork and frame as he's ridden long cobble recon rides over the winter and 'feels perfect' on the Cento10PRO. Terpstra's bike is ...

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Tom Boonen backs Bob Jungels for Tour of Flanders glory

Tom Boonen backs Bob Jungels for Tour of Flanders glory

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2019 Three-time winner expects Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck-QuickStep to dictate race Three-time Tour of Flanders winner Tom Boonen has backed Deceuninck-QuickStep's Bob Jungels as his tip to cross the finish line in Oudenaarde first this Sunday. Speaking on Belgian radio, Boonen highlighted four riders that he believes will shine at Flanders this weekend, and ultimately picked Jungels, the recent winner of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne , as the favourite for the race. 'I expect a lot from Wout van Aert, who can count on the support of his Jumbo-Visma team this year,' Booned said. 'That naturally brings a little more pressure. I am convinced that he can do it and that he can do it now, but whether it is already a prize this year, remains to be seen.' Mathieu [van der Poel] is very busy, but he has to compete as an individual against the strong block of Deceuninck-QuickStep. ...

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Preview: What you should know about the 2019 men’s Tour of Flanders

It’s time for the second Monument of the year and the biggest bike race in cycling-mad Belgium: the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ahead of Sunday’s 103rd edition of the men’s Tour of Flanders, we bring you up to speed on the course, the climbs and the contenders for what is one of the world’s most important … The post Preview: What you should know about the 2019 men’s Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Tour of Flanders peloton

It's been a thrilling Spring Classics campaign so far, and the pinnacle of the Belgian cobbled one-days is about to take place this weekend at the Tour of Flanders . Don't miss our live text coverage on Sunday, April 7, of the men's 270km race from Antwerp to Oudenaarde. Deceuninck-QuickStep may have a strong hold on the Classics, with the likes of Philippe Gilbert, Zdenek Stybar and Bob Jungels, but there will be a handful of other favourites on the start line from rival teams. Greg Van Avermaet will have his eyes on the prize for this CCC Team, particularly after his slower-than-usual start to the season. There will also be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Oliver Naesen (Ag2R La Mondiale), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and defending champion Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie). Join us for minute-by-minute coverage of the men's race, from start to finish, at our ...

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The weekly spin: Flanders into Roubaix, pro cycling’s holiest of weeks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s often referred to as Holy Week, the span between the start of the Ronde van Vlaanderen in the port city of Antwerp and the finish of Paris-Roubaix in the arena of the Parc Municipal de Sports velodrome in Roubaix. Officially, it’s called Holy Week because these … The post The weekly spin: Flanders into Roubaix, pro cycling’s holiest of weeks appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Editors’ Roundtable: Clearing the Classics Air

Can DQS be stopped? Will the puppies grow up in time? [Minimally edited to preserve the awkwardness of written conversation as well as our individual shortcomings. A couple races have passed since the convo started but there’s no harm in seeing how brilliant we were ahead of time.] Jens: I guess the obvious starting point is whether we think Deceuninck can continue their dominance? Or will they be exposed as weakened from last year when the other expected bigs really come into their planned form for the big races. Guys like Sagan, Terpstra, GvA, Naessen, Stuyven (and the other not-so-merry underachievers at Trek) (Sep) etc. Were Stybar and Jungels too good too soon perhaps? Seemsez: The issue with Deceuninck and the reason their system works is that they’ve got contingency plan after contingency plan and they don’t seem outwardly hierarchical. Every other contender on that list has at most two ...

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Three things: Takeaways from Wevelgem weekend

Supported by It always sneaks up on us. One minute, it’s the dead of winter in northern Europe, and the next, it’s the heart of Classics season. We’re in the thick of it now, with Driedaagse De Panne-Brugge, E3, and Gent-Wevelgem in the books and the Tour of Flanders less than a week away. Watching the springtime … The post Three things: Takeaways from Wevelgem weekend appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dwars Door Vlaanderen Preview

Yves Lampaert will be looking for his third straight win here

Who’ll take “momentum” into the weekend? The dumbest concept in all of sports is that of momentum. The way that sportscasters talk about a team or individual having momentum or the tremendous unstoppable force of momentum shifting or momentum-changing plays, etc., is basically just the bullshit narrative element that humans apply to the observable swings of fortunes in sports performance. There is not some cosmic ether that dictates how lucky bounces go or how the tumblers fall, but merely the writers of history and sports just tend to notice these critical links and try to attribute them to some phenomenological force, and more often than not it is attributed to “momentum.” And of course this is mostly fake. In professional bike racing, things are maybe a little bit different. There are indeed true and sometimes even measurable physiological correlates that can present themselves outwardly as having momentum across races. When ...

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