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February 21, 2013


The upcoming weekend marks the official start of the classics for the men and women of Team Argos-Shimano, with spectacles in Belgium on both Saturday and Sunday. These races are characterized by cold weather and short cobbled climbs and come as quite a contrast to the riders’ southern European training camps, not to mention the desert conditions of Qatar and Oman.
 
Men’s Team

The classics weekend will start with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, February 23. The race is expected to explode after the Kanarieberg, one of the 12 climbs in the tough 200 km route. Team Argos-Shimano will line up a young but experienced team, with John Degenkolb as absolute leader. Sports director Adriaan Helmantel said: “Positioning and teamwork are the keys to success. We have a very strong team for Saturday that will be fighting for good results.”
 
On the same day as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, we will see Team Argos-Shimano riders in action in a typical French race called La Drôme Classic. Team Argos-Shimano will bring quite a few French riders who are eager to create a breakaway and ride to the finish with a small group.
 
The following day there are three more races for the men’s team. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is an annual one-day road race in Belgium, traditionally held the day after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. In this race the team is counting on Tom Veelers, who can show that he is capable of sprinting after a long race.
 
In addition to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Team Argos-Shimano riders will be active in the French race La Classic Sud-Ardèche. “This is again a typical French race. I expect a lot of Thierry Hupond, who is always good in this race, as it is his training area and he know the roads,” said sports director Marc Reef.
 
Finally, the team will participate in the Clásica de Almería, a single-day road race that starts and finishes in Almería, Spain.
 
Women’s Team
Before the start of the men’s race it is up to the women to tame the Belgian cobbles and climbs. The team hopes to continue to perform well after the huge success of the Tour of Qatar. With the injury of Janneke Kanis, who broke her metacarpal recently, a key player in the team will be sidelined. “We will miss Janneke’s experience,” said sports director Cees-Jan van der Zweep, “but we can still count on a rider like Charlotte Becker, who is in good shape and can play a key role in the finale. It will be the first race of the season for Willeke Knol, Lucy Garner and Kelly Markus. They have some good training camps behind them, so I think they are ready. This is always a nervous race, but if we work as a team and position ourselves well during the race we should be able to do some interesting things.”  
 
From February 20 to 24, Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters will compete in the Track Cycling World Championships. Kirsten will participate in the scratch and points races, and Amy will compete in the individual pursuit. Regarding her goals, Wild says: “I am aiming for a podium spot. There is some strong competition out there, so it will be very difficult, but I feel good and will hopefully benefit from the race in Qatar, so we will see how it goes.”
 
Feb. 23: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 
Riders
Bert De Backer (BEL)
Will Clarke (AUS)
Roy Curvers (NED)
John Degenkolb (GER)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)
 
Sports Director
Adriaan Helmantel (NED)
 
Website
http://www.omloophetnieuwsblad.be
 
Feb. 23: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Riders
Charlotte Becker (GER)
Lucy Garner (GBR)
Marlen Jöhrend (GER)
Willeke Knol (NED)
Kelly Markus (NED)
Esra Tromp (NED)
 
Sports Director
Cees-Jan van der Zweep (NED)
 
Website
http://www.omloophetnieuwsblad.be/nl/elite-women

Feb. 23: La Drôme Classic
Riders
Warren Barguil (FRA)
Thomas Damuseau (FRA)
Yann Huguet (FRA)
Thierry Hupond (FRA)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Thomas Peterson (USA)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Matthieu Sprick (FRA)
 
Sports Director             
Marc Reef (NED)
 
Website
http://www.ardeche-cyclisme.fr/drome_classic_parcours.php
 
Feb. 24: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Riders
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Bert De Backer (BEL)
Will Clarke (AUS)
Roy Curvers (NED)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)
Tom Veelers (NED)
 
Sports Director             
Adriaan Helmantel (NED)
 
Website               
http://www.kuurne-brussel-kuurne.be
 
Feb. 24: Classic Sud Ardèche

Riders                          
Warren Barguil (FRA)
Thomas Damuseau (FRA)
Yann Huguet (FRA)
Thierry Hupond (FRA)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Thomas Peterson (USA)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Matthieu Sprick (FRA)
 
Sports Director             
Marc Reef (NED)
 
Website               
http://www.ardeche-cyclisme.fr/classic_ardeche_accueil.php
 
Feb 24: Clásica de Almería
Riders                        
Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Johannes Fröhlinger (GER)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Patrick Gretsch (GER)
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
Cheng Ji (CHN)
François Parisien (CAN)
 
Sports Director             
Christian Guiberteau (FRA)
 
Website               
http://www.clasicadealmeria.net

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