Allan Peiper wins the 'Crystal Bike' DS of the year award

UAE Team Emirates Pogacar Gianetti Peiper Matxin Tour de France 2020
Allan Peiper (centre-left) celebrates Tadej Pogacar's Tour de France win with the UAE Team Emirates team (Image credit: PhotoFizza/UAE Team Emirates)

UAE Team Emirates directeur sportif Allan Peiper has won the manager/DS of the year award at the Kristallen Fiets (Crystal Bicycle) awards in Belgium.

Peiper helped guide Tadej Pogačar to a dramatic Tour de France victory this season, which was enough for Het Laatste Nieuws readers to vote for him over Deceuninck-QuickStep boss Patrick Lefevere, who won the award from 2017 to 2019.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

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As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix