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From the Côte de Granit Rose in the Côtes d´Armor, Alan Riou is a young 100% Breton runner.
He proved himself among the cadets during the French Future Championship in Albi where he ranked 4th in the sprint in 2013, at the same time as Elie Gesbert achieved the double in the juniors. The two men do their training in the same club: at Team Pays de Dinan.
Alan joined the Brittany club for our team last year. In 2017, he ranked third at the Grand Prix D’Isbergues and provided valuable points to help the team win the French Cup.
Last year he won more than ten amateur races & won the "Tour de l'Avenir". He starts 2019 as a professional in the Arkea Samsic Team, with the desire to learn alongside big names & perform as quickly as possible.
Demanding, perfectionist, Anthony has made his place in the professional peloton since 2010. Generous puncher, he proved it by winning twice the price of combativeness on the Tour de France (2015 &2016). 2017, he was deprived of his 7th Tour de France following a broken collarbone. A few months earlier, Anthony had returned to victory at home on the Tour of Normandy. He impressed by winning solo on the first stage & keeping his yellow leader's jersey all week. It was already on his land, where he had won the Polynormande 6 years earlier. To believe hat his region is successful for him : He won in 2017 on the Duo Normand with his teammate Pierre-Luc Périchon. To stop with the bike, it is towards gastronomy that the Norman turns. Maybe one day he will be a restaurateur, but by then he has set himself the goal of winning at least once far from Normandy.
Tim Declercq's brother, also professional cyclist, Benjamin Declercq, the Belgian is a former champion of West Flanders beginners, professional since 2017, he finished second and 2019 in the Grand Prix Pino Cerami & 3rd the previous season. He also has a master's degree in economics.
In society, Benoît Jarrier is not the loudest. Yet he is a go-getter.
Legacy, perhaps, of a double sporting culture: cycling in the family, 24 Hours of Le Mans on the doorstep, 300 meters from his parents. So he attacks. 200 kilometers of breakaway in April 2014 on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix.
And first striker of his first Tour de France three months later, as soon as the flag was lowered on leaving Leeds!
Benoît wanted to complete this Tour,despite the suffering of a persistent sinusitis in the Alps.
Fan of Novak Djokovic, he can show a formidable finish in a small group
Great Dutch guy, Bram Welten is a good sprinter who wants to become one of the best. He also won in the Tour of Britain last season.
At 23, Bram also wants to perform well on the classics ; he distinguished himself in 2015, winning Paris Roubaix Espoirs.
His professional start was a sporting but also a personal challenge because Bram had to learn French and, like in sprints, he goes fast.
A solid Belgian rider, Christophe Noppe has a sporting dream to compete in the classic “Paris-Roubaix”.
He could of course achieve it within the Arkéa-Samsic team. He has the Coastal Flèche to his professional record in 2017, and the following year finished 3rd in the Sels Cup, then 3rd in 2019, at the Grand Prix of the city of Zottegem.
Embarrassed by a knee problem in early 2018, Clement Russo was unable to fully express himself in his first season with the professionals. Skillful on a bike, generous in his efforts Clément wants to continue learning his trade from the older ones. Cyclo-cross specialist, double French champion (Juniors and Espoirs), 3rd in the 2017 Under-21 World Cup, the Arkea Samsic team encouraged him to continue his discipline this winter. For his first French championship among professionals, Clément signed a fourth place, and made an appointment to win the tricolor outfit in future years.
The three words that, according to him, define him: Smiling, Determined, Impatient
Originally from Yorkshire, the current British champion, winner of a stage of the Kreiz Breizh Elites in 2018, joined the Arkea Samsic team at mid-season to support the sprinters! Connor completed his first race with the team during the 4 Dunkerque Days.