Niki Terpstra hoping experience can help drive on Direct Energie's Classics campaign

After eight years with Quick-Step, the Dutchman is now sole leader for the French team's cobbled hopes

Niki Terpstra (Team Direct Energie) / during the 10th Tour of Oman 2019. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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This weekend heralds what for some is the most exciting period of the road season. On Saturday the majority of the best Classics riders will line up for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, while on Sunday many of us will spend a second day glued to the TV for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

And it’s not just the fans who love these gnarly races which traverse the cobbles and bergs of Belgium, plenty of the pro peloton look forward to this period with nervous excitement too.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.