Club Tens

22 May 2019

  • Lefevere: Keeping Alaphilippe comes down to money

    Patrick Lefevere has made Julian Alaphilippe a contract offer but the Belgian team boss is still none the wiser as to whether the French rider will stay with Deceuninck-QuickStep beyond 2019. Alaphilippe has been linked with a big-money transfer to Total Direct Energie for 2020, with the French team significantly increasing their budget after Total came on as a sponsor earlier this year.

    Lefevere has a fight on his hands to keep a number of high-profile riders, with Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas among those on the transfer market for next year.

    Alaphilippe, in particular, has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season with eight wins already, including victories in La Flèche Wallonne, Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. He is currently training for the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France, where last year he won two stages and the King of the Mountains competition.


    "I sent a proposition to Alaphilippe’s agent at the Tour of California and I hope to have news in the coming days," Lefevere told Cyclingnews.

    "I don’t know if he will stay, but of course I hope it. It’s all about money."

    While Lefevere fights to keep his star-studded squad together he also has one eye on a number of his current core of support riders. Reports in Italy have linked Maximiliano Richeze with a move to UAE Team Emirates for next year, with the Argentine rider possibly linking up with Fernando Gaviria - another former Lefevere rider. Richeze was an integral part of Gaviria’s lead-out last year and while Lefevere is keen to keep the experienced rider, he is aware that finances will ultimately dictate and decisions.

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With the 2018 time trial season now underway it is good to see Ferryhill with a strong team riding the Bishop Auckland C C SPOCO event.

Chris Peareth, Andrew Charlesworth, Paul Tyler, Dougan Collins, John Hewison and Howard Heighton.

Have a good ride everybody.

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