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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Calmejane considering cobbled classics campaign

Third place for Lilian Calmejane of Direct Energie

Direct Énergie may have a surprise in store for the cobbled classics, with Lilian Calmejane considering participation in the races for the first time this season. In an interview published on the team’s Youtube account, the 26-year-old cited Roubaix and Flanders winner Niki Terpstra joining the team as his inspiration. “I think it’s the right moment,” Calmejane said. “We have a team that’s well-suited to those races, and we have a guy in Niki Terpstra who can be a super teacher. That’s one option. “The other option is that I rest up and, if we’re lucky enough to get an invite, do Pais Vasco in favour of preparing optimally for the Ardennes Classics – above all Liège-Bastogne-Liège. That’s the question mark at the moment.” Calmejane has never raced the cobbled classics before, so any potential foray would likely be more of a learning experience and supporting Terpstra. The Frenchman raced ...

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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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Gallery: The Bradley Wiggins collection

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2019 Bradley Wiggins gives Cyclist an exclusive look at the most prized items from his extensive collection of memorabilia This article was originally published in Issue 81 of Cyclist Magazine Words Joe Robinson Photography Mike Massaro 'The only other sportsperson I’m aware of who has a similar collection to me is Roger Federer with his tennis memorabilia, but there is no one else with something like this in cycling,’ says Bradley Wiggins as he neatly folds Fausto Coppi’s 1949 Tour de France yellow jersey back into a plastic container. It sits next to Jacques Anquetil’s France Ford Hutchinson jersey from the 1966 Tour and Francesco Moser’s Supermercati Brianzoli skinsuit. Considering the controversy that has surrounded him over the past 18 months, it would be easy to understand if Wiggins no longer wanted to talk about cycling, but his enthusiasm for the sport remains undiminished. At heart ...

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The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

Joe Robinson 11 Jan 2019 Cyclist spent five minutes with an unsung hero of cycling's most successful team. Image: Juan Trujillo Every time a pro rider takes to the start line of a race, he sits atop a bike that is as good as new. A bike that's running as smoothly as the day the rider first received it despite it having clocked up thousands upon thousands of kilometres. The reason for that is simple. Professional teams have mechanics. A hardened group of weathered men (mostly) who redefine what is possible on minimal sleep, constant travel and 18 hour days. At Deceuninck-Quick Step , they have a team of nine mechanics that work non-stop around the clock to get the team's fleet of Specialized bikes in fighting shape to allow the likes of Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to ride towards the team's mountain of victories. At a ...

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Wanty and Cofidis receive Tour de France wildcard invites

Wanty and Cofidis receive Tour de France wildcard invites

Two invites remain for the 2019 Tour de France after Belgian team Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Cofidis earn spots in the grande boucle. Read the full article at Wanty and Cofidis receive Tour de France wildcard invites on VeloNews.com .

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Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

The Belgian said he would like Sky to stay afloat, but with a smaller budget to make the peloton more even. Read the full article at Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search on VeloNews.com .

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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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Lefevere wants Team Sky and Brailsford to continue but with budget that means he can no longer 'think with his wallet'

Lefevere wants Team Sky and Brailsford to continue but with budget that means he can no longer 'thin

Joe Robinson 9 Jan 2019 Deceuninck-Quick Step boss has sympathy for Brailsford's search for sponsorship although hopes for levelling of playing field Deceuninck-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere is hoping that Team Sky and opposite number Dave Brailsford find a replacement sponsor to Sky for 2020 , although only with a budget that will mean he can no longer 'think with his wallet instead his head'. Some drew conclusions that the announcement of Sky's withdrawal from cycling could have been met with church bells by the remaining 17 WorldTour teams considering the British team's financial dominance over the last decade. The TV broadcaster confirmed it would no longer provide sponsorship as of 2020 meaning that the sport's wealthiest team would have to look for a replacement. Lefevere, who recently turned 64, is hoping they will continue to be a fixture in pro cycling albeit on a much more equal playing ...

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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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Thursday Thoughts: No breakouts here!

Three guys who definitely won’t be on my 2019 VDS team There’s a decent chance that if you met me, you’d think I was a miserable sod. If you only get to know me slightly you see the grumpy and cynical exterior. There’s a little secret that I’m going to let you in on, though. I’m actually a positive and optimistic person. Grumpy and cynical, sure, but really not that miserable. I believe the glass is half full. Still, a man has his limits. It is dark, cold, and wet in Edinburgh and I am scraping ice off my car every time I use it. At this time of year, four straight weeks of being positive about guys who are going to make a breakthrough is all I can manage. Let’s take a week off optimism and bring some negativity. Here, then, are three guys who I think are going ...

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Offseason Capsule: AG2R

What next for the over-achieving brown shorts? After taking big steps forward over the last few years, 2018 was a season of consolidation, marked by regular prominence but few major wins What we said last year I was in optimistic mood . On reflection, perhaps too optimistic. I’m pleased I put Bardet up as a contender for the World Champs and pumped the brakes on his Tour chances, but I may have oversold his chances of repeating a productive couple of years in ’16 and ’17. Olivier Naesen didn’t quite get the results I hoped for though at least I threw in a positive note for Dillier. As for the climbers not named after lettuce (thanks, Brad’s son!) there was a big gap between my hopes and reality. What we got in 2018 Romain Bardet turned in a strong spring, with second in a tough Strade Bianche and third in ...

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Patrick Lefevere: It hurt to let Niki Terpstra go

Patrick Lefevere enjoying the sunshine

Patrick Lefevere was happy to preside over another successful season for his Quick-Step Floors team, during which the Belgian WorldTour squad chalked up no fewer than 73 victories , including the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Lefevere has had to wave goodbye to a couple of his star riders in the shape of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who will ride for Direct Energie next year, and double Tour de France stage winner Fernando Gaviria, who has joined UAE Team Emirates for 2019. But the team is in as rude a health as ever, having secured the services of junior time trial and road race world champion Remco Evenepoel and, perhaps most importantly, a new title sponsor in the shape of window manufacturer Deceuninck, with the team to be called Deceuninck-QuickStep next year. Lefevere spends a lot of his time talking about money: money to pay his riders and staff, and ...

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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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Offseason Capsule: BMC

So long, and thanks for all the Wyss A note on programming The astute among you will have noticed that it isn’t quite the start of the offseason, and yet here we are with the first offseason capsule. This is, I think, good news for the reader. There are 19 Mondays between now and the UAE Tour. That means each Monday comes with an offseason capsule, and we will cover the whole World Tour, starting with a folding team and ending with a new team. These won’t all necessarily be written by me, but the once-a-week pattern will continue. But wait, there’s more! I’ll also be posting a column every Thursday. I have some ideas about a lot of these, but they’ll basically just be my musings on the cycling world, something to keep you thinking ahead to the new season through the cold days in the Northern hemisphere. With ...

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Off-road division: Quick-Step boss Lefevere not keen on Paris-Tours gravel tracks

Niki Terpstra, Soren Kragh Andersen and Benoit Cosnefroy ride on the gravel at Paris-Tours

In the aftermath of Sunday's changed route for this year's Paris-Tours one-day race, which deviated from its usual parcours to take in nine sectors of gravel vineyard tracks inside the final 60 kilometres, the reaction was swift – and mixed. Quick-Step Floors team boss Patrick Lefevere's pessimistic take on what was an exciting race was all the more surprising in that his Belgian team's bread and butter is the hard one-day races in northern France and Belgium, including Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, in which Lefevere's men have often dominated in the past couple of decades, with winners including Niki Terpstra , Tom Boonen, Philippe Gilbert and Stijn Devolder. "This will be the last time that Quick-Step do this race, even if we win," Lefevere tweeted while the race was still in progress. "[It has] nothing to do with road cycling." His stance was even more surprising again when ...

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Terpstra reaches podium in final race with Quick-Step

Niki Terpstra, Soren Kragh Andersen and Benoit Cosnefroy on the Paris-Tours podium

Niki Terpstra brought down the curtain on his eight-year run with Quick-Step Floors with panache on Saturday , finishing second in P aris-Tours in his last race with the Belgian team before moving to Direct Energie next year. Terpstra joined eventual winner Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) in a three-rider move that formed on the gravel tracks late in the race, then he beat Cosnefroy in a two-up sprint for second after Andersen soloed away to victory. “I really wanted to win this race and finish off in style with the team that has shaped me as a rider over the last eight years," Terpstra said. "I worked well together with Kragh Andersen, but Cosnefroy made it confusing as he refused to take part in the work. When Andersen attacked, I hesitated for a second and he quickly built a gap, showing how strong ...

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Soren Kragh Andersen wins Paris-Tours

Soren Kragh Anderson wins 2018 Paris-Tours

Søren Kragh Andersen ( Team Sunweb ) won a revamped edition of Paris-Tours , triumphing with a late attack from an elite group after the seven hills and nine gravel sectors that made up the new finale. On the famous Avenue de Grammont, Niki Terpstra (Quick Step Floors) beat Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) in the sprint for second place 25 seconds later. The pair had been part of the elite trio that emerged in the final 30km. After a fast start, it was a hectic race in the final 50km as the peloton split apart on the gravel roads and various groups went up the road. First Kragh Andersen, and then Terpstra went away with 30km to race, before Cosnefroy soloed across soon after. Despite the best efforts of a strong chase group, containing Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) it became clear they would contest ...

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Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early

Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early

The Belgian squad is trying to free up money as it seeks a new sponsor to continue racing in the WorldTour. Read the full article at Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early on VeloNews.com .

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Fernando Gaviria could leave Quick-Step Floors as finance worries continue

Fernando Gaviria could leave Quick-Step Floors as finance worries continue

Joe Robinson 5 Oct 2018 Patrick Lefevere could be forced to lose star riders in order to balance books Despite being this season's most successful team by far, Quick-Step Floors could be entering a period of damage limitation by allowing star riders Fernando Gaviria and Enric Mas to leave. Reports in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that 'almost everything is done' for sprinter Gaviria's move from the Belgian WorldTour team across to UAE-Team Emirates . It is also rumoured that recent Vuelta a Espana second place finisher Mas will be forced to leave the team with Astana his likely destination. Being Spanish, it should also be expected that Movistar will show interest. Despite 69 wins so far this season, including 13 Grand Tour stages and two Monuments, team manager Patrick Lefevere has confirmed that the team has yet to replace the funding shortfall of Quick-Step Floors , that has ...

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