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by Shane Stokes
October 26, 2017
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Having previously competed with the team in 2016 prior to racing this year with Astana, Matti Breschel is heading back to Slipstream Sports for 2018. “It’s great to be back,” the 33-year-old Dane said on Wednesday. “I’m really happy. I never really wanted to leave the team. I was a bit sad when I’m left, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to return.”
Breschel will be focussing on Classics and Grand Tours next season, and part of his one-year deal is to help designated leaders such as Sep Vanmarcke. “We’re a much stronger squad in 2018, especially on the Classics side,” he explained. “That’s where I fit in, and I’m looking forward to helping Sep. He’s the guy that can finish it off, and we didn’t necessarily have that the last time I was here. It’s going to be a real challenge to get him up for the win, but I think we’re up for it. We’re one of the stronger teams in the Classics on paper – that’s the way I see it at least.”
Breschel has clocked up 21 pro victories during his 14 year pro career, with the last being a stage at the Post Danmark Rundt two years ago. He’s hoping he can return to winning, as does the team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “During Matti’s first year with us, he wasn’t really able to perform to his usual standards,” he said. “He was sick for most of the spring and he crashed out of the Tour. He’s a huge talent, and we’re confident his experience and horsepower will be vital to our young team.”
Breschel said he’s psyched to do well. “I would love to start winning again. Or maybe just one win would be enough. But if we can win a Classic, a big one, or if I can be part of a winning team in a Grand Tour, that would be great, too. I realize those are pretty high expectations, but I’m really motivated.”