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t Ag2r to ride Eddy Merckx bikes next year
Romain Bardet and his Ag2r-la Mondiale teammates will be riding Eddy Merckx bikes for the next two seasons, after British brand Factor ended its association. Jochim Aerts, CEO of Belgian Cycling Factory (owners of the Eddy Merckx brand) said, “It’s marvellous, the Tour starts in Brussels next year, 50 years after Eddy Merckx won his first Tour. Perhaps Romain Bardet can do the same.”
Alejandro Valverde to have street named after him in Spain
After securing his first elite road race world title at the ripe old age of 38, city bosses in Valverde’s birthplace of Murcia have decided to name a street after him. The Avenida de Alicante, which joins the Avenida Miguel Indurain, will be renamed Alejandro Valverde Avenue, reported Spanish newspaper AS.
t UAE-TEAM Emirates sign Fernando Gaviria
Quick Step Floors have lost Fernando Gaviria, who goes to UAE-TEAM Emirates next year. The Colombian sprinter had three successful seasons at the Belgian team, winning six Grand Tour stages including two at this year’s Tour plus the yellow jersey on stage one. Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere had struggled to find replacement sponsors and had to let Gaviria go.
t Mark Cavendish re-signs with Dimension Data for 2019
Mark Cavendish has re-signed with Dimension Data for 2019. The new deal means Cavendish can focus on surpassing Eddy Merckx’s 34 Tour stage wins. “It’s the one goal that I have left in cycling,” Cavendish said.
“Another four doesn’t seem that much but I know how difficult it could be. The day that I don’t believe I can challenge to get that record is the day that I probably stop riding my bike.”
Gaviria wore the yellow jersey in the 2018 Tour
Valverde honoured in birthplace Murcia
French team on Belgian bikes
Cavendish stays with current team