Cycling team Cofidis want to be in 2020 re part of the WorldTour formations. This is reported by the French procontinentale team Friday at the team presentation. Cofidis proposed for 2019 nine new riders, Zico Waeytens, and also presented brand new sports director Thierry Marichal.
The 27-year-old Waeytens, that the transition from Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, signed for Cofidis a contract for a season. By his new boss he is described as “a Flandrien, which can make all the difference in the classics”. Cofidis see in Waeytens a head-man, who murderous Christophe Laporte and Nacer Bouhanni in the final phase of the course to launch it. The West-Flemish is the fourth Belgian Cofidis after streekgenoot Bert Van Lerberghe, Dimitri Claeys and Kenneth Vanbilsen. They get with Marichal a new athletic director. The 45-year-old Belgian rode in 2005 and 2006 for Cofidis.
The team hopes that in 2019 to do better than last year, when Cofidis finished with 21 victories, a stage in the Tour of France. This is counting on his fickle sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, who for sprintzeges in Paris-Nice, Milan-Sanremo and the Tour must go on. The Spaniard Jesus Herrada is the klassementsman of the team. He aims at a good result in Paris-Nice and the Tour de France. The 28-year-old Herrada is also the Vuelta and will be leader in the ardennes classics.
Christophe Laporte gets a leading role in the Flemish hill – and kasseiklassiekers. The Frenchman is allowed in the sprint his chance, but must be located in the Tour at the service of Bouhanni.
Cofidis will in 2020 be part of the WorldTour. “We already have quite a lot of riders in our team who are on that level belong”, explains he signed up Cédric Vasseur that ambition. Since 2010, it belonged to the French formation to the procontinentale circuit, before reed Cofidis in the king’s class of the sport of cycling. Vasseur is keen that his squad a WorldTour license will get it.