Brand new Belgian champion Yves Lampaert, Philippe Gilbert and Tim Declercq are included in the selection of Quick-Step Floors for the Round of France.
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The three Belgians in the team this season (43 victories in 2018) will team up with the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, the Colombian Fernando Gaviria, the Luxemburger Bob Jungels, the Argentine Maximiliano Richeze and the Dutchman Niki Terpstra. “We have a perfectly balanced team with young riders and more experienced wegkapiteins. All of them have them on the bike over world-class”, says sports director Tom Steels.
For the 27-year-old Lampaert, that Sunday in Binche Belgian champion was Gilbert, the first Round of France. He was already two times in the Vuelta and won there last year, even a stage. Gilbert stands for his ninth Tour. In his wonderful year of 2011 won the ‘Phil’ the first stage, and if when also the yellow attracting. Tim Declercq takes as Lampaert for the first part of the Tour.
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Quick-Step wants to be in the massasprinten score with Gaviria. The Colombian makes first appearance in La Grande Boucle, but last year won on his debut in the Giro even though immediately four stages and the points jersey. “He has everyone when surprised, but the Tour is still a different level. Richeze is very important for him”, stressed Steels.
Alaphille and Jungels shall, at their second Tourdeelname their chance in the overall standings, Gilbert and Terpstra (winner of the Tour of Flanders) according to Steels “experienced champions and winners” on who the team will be based in the flat stages, the team time trial and the cobblestones. The 105th edition of the Tour starts on July 7 with a flat stage in the Vendee.