Off-road division: Quick-Step boss Lefevere not keen on Paris-Tours gravel tracks
08 October 2018 02:14
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."ADVERTISEMENT His stance was even more surprising again when you consider that Lefevere is somewhat of a wine buff, and should have at least enjoyed the scenery as Paris-Tours made its way through the Vouvray appellation vineyards. Quick-Step didn't win: Terpstra, riding his last race for the team before his move to French team Direct Energie for next season, took second place to winner Søren Kragh Andersen of Team Sunweb. The Dane, who had finished second on Paris-Tours' 'normal' course to Matteo Trentin last year, was, unsurprisingly, a convert to the new route.
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