Although the combination of riders is totally new, CCC Team has existed since 2006. For a long time, the squad rode at ProContinental level (just under WorldTour). The team however became more well known when Italian veteran Davide Rebellin moved to the team in 2013. When he left in 2017, there weren’t really any big names in the team anymore. But when it was announced in 2018 that BMC had withdrawn its WorldTour team sponsorship, CCC stepped in and took over the licence. That’s why the current CCC Team can actually be seen as the natural successor to BMC. This team is built around the leader: Greg van Avermaet.

Greg van Avermaet, the main man at CCC

Greg van Avermaet is without doubt the most important rider for this new team. The guy has already had a great career and he’s not finished yet at 33 years old. The highpoint of his career was without doubt when he became Olympic road racing champion in 2016. But he has also booked some impressive victories since then. He won the Paris–Roubaix in 2017, and was the best in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on two separate occasions. He has also won two stages in the Tour de France and the Grand Prix du Montreal. And that’s not even counting the numerous podium places that he has amassed over the years. In 2019, he is riding just about every Spring Classic there is, and after that he will set his sights on the Tour de France.

Greg van Avermaet Team CCC

Greg van Avermaet on the road to victory in the third stage of the Tour of Valencia 2019. Photograph: Cor Vos.

Laurens ten Dam

Laurens ten Dam enjoys life, both on the bike and off it. He still has a lot of fun riding his bike in the professional peloton, but at the same time he knows how to enjoy a beer afterwards. In the past he has ridden respectable general classification in both the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain. In recent years his role has clearly been that of support rider for the various team leaders: in 2017 he enjoyed his team leader Tom Dumoulin’s overall victory in the Giro d’Italia for Team Sunweb. The Giro is the first major stage race on his programme in 2019.

Laurens ten Dam Team CCC

Laurens ten Dam (right) in the bright new colours of CCC Team. Photograph: Cor Vos.

Simon Geschke

Just like Laurens ten Dam, Simon Geschke made the team switch from Team Sunweb to CCC Team. Geschke is also a rider who primarily rides in order to support other riders—the only main exception to that rule was his wonderful Tour de France stage win in 2015. In 2019, he aims to ride both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. There’s a big chance we will see him on the attack on a regular basis, although we have to see how he recovers from the broken elbow which he sustained in the Vuelta a Murcia in February 2019.

Simon Geschke during the 2018 world championships road race. Photograph: Cor Vos.

Allesandro de Marchi

We recognise Allesandro de Marchi as a rider for BMC. He may not be so well known, but he is a rider who is similar in riding style to the legendary baroudeur Jens Voigt—he always wants to attack. And that has worked out pretty well for him over the years. His attacking style pushed him to the win three stages in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) and he has been on the podium twice after Giro d’Italia stages. There’s a big chance that this Italian rider will also go on the attack for his new employer: first in order to show off the new team shirt, and also to see whether or not he can score a big win.

Allesandro de Marchi winning a stage in the Vuelta 2018. Photograph: Cor Vos.

Serge Pauwels

The Belgian rider Serge Pauwels has ridden for a whole bunch of different teams. His breakthrough came when he was riding for Cérvelo Test Team with an impressive stage victory in the Giro in 2009. He then went through Team Sky and Quick-Step to the South African MTN—Qhubeka team, which became Team Dimension Data. In 2016 he was second in a Tour de France stage and in 2017 he won the general classification of the Tour of Yorkshire. Pauwels is also an attacking rider and we expect to see him regularly at the sharp end of the action during the 2019 Tour de France.

Serge Pauwels Team CCC

Serge Pauwels during the Criterium du Dauphiné in 2018. Photograph: Cor Vos.