Dimension Data head of performance Rolf Aldag has stated that there is no chance of Andrea Tafi riding Paris-Roubaix with the African team in 2019. The former professional won the Classic in 1999 and has made plans to return to the sport at the age of 52 next season. He has been linked to a number of teams, with UCI President David Lappartient recently suggesting that Dimension Data were in the mix.
However, the team announced their 2019 roster at the conclusion of their training camp in South Africa and, somewhat predictably, Tafi’s name was not among the list of riders.
“He’s not with us, I can guarantee you that,” Rolf Aldag told Cyclingnews.
Aldag, 50, added: “Bernie Eisel suggested I could try and do it, as I’m a bit younger than Tafi but honestly if I can make our seven for Paris-Roubaix then we’ve got big problems.
“To be honest I think he called every team a couple of times but if you look into our team for the Spring Classics with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren, I think we have some pretty good riders.
“When I first read about Tafi coming back, I found it interesting. Guys who train with him seem to think that he’s really fit but what’s the point? He won Paris-Roubaix twenty years ago but he’s never ever going to win it again.”
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