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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 is moving from a support role at the Quickstep team, riding in large part for Tom Boonen since 2012, to take on a leadership role at AG2R-La Mondiale.
Stijn Vandenbergh (third) rode for five year in support of Tom Boonen, and is now ready for his chance to lead.
“It started to gnaw I had to play primarily a domestique at Quick Step,” he told Sporza at 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 Paris-Roubaix suits him and he is focusing on a top result there.
When asked if he would consider gifting Tom Boonen a win if he found himself alone entering the velodrome in Roubaix, he said he would not, nor would anyone in such a monumental race.
“No, I would not wait. I would love to ride with Tom into the velodrome and nine out of 10 times he would beat me. But wait for him? I do not think anyone would do that.”
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