the Team Delko unveiled the names of the seven runners who will participate in the 118th Paris-Roubaix. And it is with a man who marked the last editions that the Provençal formation will present itself on Sunday, in this case Evaldas Siskevicius. Arrived late and in a deserted velodrome in 2018, the Lithuanian had signed a magnificent performance a year later by taking ninth place in theHell of the North. For his sixth participation, the 32-year-old runner will try to repeat this performance.
Video – Bernard Tapie at the microphone of Cyclism’Actu in February 2019
After four years of fighting the disease, Bernard Tapie died this Sunday morning at the age of 78 from cancer. Multifaceted, he will have distinguished himself throughout his life in many areas, be it business, politics, television, but also sport, a sector in which he will leave an indelible mark. Historic President of theOlympic Marseille between 1986 and 1993, whether for the best – the Champions League in 1993 – but also the worst – the VA-OM affair – Bernard Tapie had initially invested in cycling.
Prestigious successes as boss of La Vie Claire!
On his own funds, he had thus assembled the team La Vie Claire in 1984, formation whose leader was none other than Bernard Hinault, then quadruple winner of the Tour de France. Along with Cyrille Guimard, its inescapable sports director, the Badger won his third Tour of Italy and his fifth Tour de France in 1985 in the jersey of his new team, before finishing second the following year behind his teammate Greg LeMond, the formation of Bernard Tapie giving himself a superb double. Then getting involved with as much passion and success in football, Bernard Tapie had nevertheless always retained tenderness and passion for the little queen. The whole team of Cycling’Actu extends its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
A jersey that remains anchored in people’s minds
He will be accompanied by Pierre barbier, Eduard-Michael Grosu, Julien trarieux, August Jensen, Dusan Rajovic and Clement Carisey. In addition, the runners of the Team Delko will wear a special jersey for this occasion, totally inspired by the tunic worn in 1985 by Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond and their teammates from La Vie Claire. This is the cycle mark Look who is at the origin of this initiative, the latter having decided to update this jersey that cycling lovers have not forgotten. Sign of fate: the riders of the Provencal team will wear this jersey on the day of the death of Bernard Tapie, the man who started this team in 1984.
Team Delko for Paris-Roubaix (Sunday October 3)
Pierre Barbier (FRA), Clément Carisey (FRA), Eduard-Michael Grosu (ROU), August Jensen (NOR), Dusan Rajovic (SER), Evaldas Siskevicius (LIT), Julien Trarieux (FRA)