At the team presentation in Calpe commented manager Lefevere this afternoon to come back. "I want to thank everybody for the season 2018: riders, staff, sponsors and fans. It happens not every year that you are more than seventy races wins, including two monuments, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders, red), several stages in grand tours (four stages in the Giro, four in the Tour de France and five victories in the Vuelta, red), the world cup team time trial and, on top of the WorldTour teamklassement. We can look back with pride on this glansprestatie. On the other hand, for me it was also a difficult year: a lot of victories, that also means that I have a lot of money had to spend," said Lefevere.
With Niki Terpstra saw the Belgian formation sterkhouder leave, Fernando Gaviria has opted for a new team and young men Laurens De Plus and Maximilian Schachmann decided to new places. "Last year was after the departure of Marcel Kittel, Matteo Trentin, Daniel Martin, Gianluca Brambilla, David De La Cruz and Julien Vermote also stated that we weaken the new year went and still we got more victories than in 2017 (56 UCI-victories versus 73 in 2018, red)," said the team manager.
"I have the greatest confidence in that we have the right combination of experienced riders and young, promising riders that are a step forward. I'm not saying that we re more than seventy times go cheer, but with twenty victories less, we will still have the zegeranking argue. All this does not mean that the riders are now less their best to do so."