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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
Stijn Vandenbergh has spent the last five seasons riding in support of Tom Boonen on the Quickstep team, but will move to AG2R-La Mondiale in 2017 to become the team’s Classics leader.
Stijn Vandenbergh, third, rode in support of Tom Boonen, but is now ready to lead on his own.
“It started to gnaw I had to play primarily a domestique at Quick Step,” he told Sporza during the team’s training camp. “I’m 32 now, so it is now that I must try to get my chance.”
The Belgian said that the race he is targeting the most is Paris-Roubaix.
“In theory, Paris-Roubaix fits me the most like a glove. But I’ve already had some bad luck. I crashed heavy there once and last year I could not start due to illness.”
When asked if he would gift the win to Boonen if he found himself with his compatriot in the Roubaix velodrome, Vandenbergh said the he does not believe anyone would with such a monument, even in Boonen’s farewell race and despite the heat he would take back home in Flanders.
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