Andrea Tafi finds team to ride Paris-Roubaix at 52
Nov 08 2018 03:37 pm CET

Andrea Tafi finds team to ride Paris-Roubaix at 52
Andrea Tafi finds team to ride Paris-Roubaix at 52
Paris-Roubaix

Former rider Andrea Tafi has confirmed that he has found a team to ride the next edition of Paris-Roubaix. The rider wants to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his victory at the monument race.

Tafi took the victory of Paris-Roubaix in 1999 when he crossed the finish line with an advantage of more than two minutes over his teammates Wilfried Peeters and Tom Steels. The rider unveiled to the Italian Gazzetta dello Sport some weeks ago that he was looking for a team to ride the 2019 edition of the race.

At 52, the Italian will tackle once more the 'Hell of the North' but doesn't want to reveal with which team. "Everyone says that I'm crazy but I don't agree," said Tafi to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. "I follow my heart. I know how difficult it is but I also want to see where are my limits.

"I don't set goals in terms of results, I want to train and see how far I can go. The next few months will be tough, but it is something I absolutely want to do. It is something that no one has ever done in cycling."

The Italian confesses that he asked Patrick Lefevere if it would be possible to start in the race with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, but he turned him down. "Patrick Lefevere told me: 'Andrea, I have a great team. I like your proposal, but I have no way of giving you a place'. Which I understand, of course," he explained.

"Fortunately, I found another great team. Although unfortunately, I can not say yet which is."

Paris-Roubaix will take place on the 14th of April of 2019.
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