2017 WorldTour teams preview: Quick Step Floors
Jan 07 2017 01:42 pm CET

2017 WorldTour teams preview: Quick Step Floors

As the 2017 WorldTour season continues to edge closer, CyclingPub takes a look at all 18 top level teams. Today it's the turn of Quick Step Floors.

The first big novelty for the Belgian formation is the change of names. Quick Step remains, as it has done for many years, but it is now the only title sponsor following the departure of Etixx.

The second major adjustment is the kit. Quick Step has chosen to ride with a lighter blue jersey reminding those following cycling for more than a few years of the outfit worn by the team in the mid 2000's.

As for the transfer market, it is clear that Quick Step Floors will once again have the spring classics as a principal target. With the signing of Philippe Gilbert, coming from BMC Racing Team, the Belgian team once again confirms its ambitions.

Tom Boonen remains and will be determined to perform well in what is expected to be his final year as a professional cyclist. The winner of multiple classics will likely ride the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix before calling it quits.

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra continues to form part of the team's roster as well. However, the departure of Tony Martin to Katusha may cause Quick Step some issues in those spring races.

Quick Step will once again be one of the major forces for sprints with Marcel Kittel aiming to build on his 2016 performance. Having failed to impress in 2015, the German returned to the top by winning one stage in the Tour de France and two in the Giro d'Italia. One of the big questions is how Quick Step will replace Tony Martin in the sprint train as the four-times World Time Trial Champion was vital to several of Kittel's triumphs.

While little is known about the Tour de France and the second half of the season, Quick Step has already announced that it will bet on Colombian Fernando Gaviria for the Giro d'Italia.

The 100th edition of the Italian race will likely be a learning experience for the South American, as the team wants to limit the pressure to perform.

"He deserves to ride a Grand Tour after the solid season he's had," said Sport Director Davide Bramati in December. "But at the same time I want to be clear that we won't put any pressure on Fernando, who'll rely on some experienced riders to guide him through."

As for other Grand Tours, Quick Step will have further options including Ireland's Daniel Martin who finished ninth in the 2016 Tour de France and had already confirmed his abilities with a seventh place in the 2014 Vuelta a España.

With other big names such as Julian Alaphilippe, Gianluca Brambilla, Bob Jungels and Matteo Trentin, joined by newcomers such as New Zealand time trial champion Jack Bauer, Quick Step will once again be in the battle for many victories throughout the season. Whether it will manage to improve from its seventh place in the 2016 WorldTour team ranking, remains to be seen.

Complete roster

Julian Alaphilippe
Jack Bauer
Tom Boonen
Gianluca Brambilla
Eros Capecchi
Rémi Cavagna
David De La Cruz Melgarejo
Laurens De Plus
Tim Declercq
Dries Devenyns
Fernando Gaviria Rendon
Philippe Gilbert
Bob Jungels
Iljo Keisse
Marcel Kittel
Yves Lampaert
Daniel Martin
Davide Martinelli
Enric Mas Nicolau
Ariel Maximiliano Richeze
Fabio Sabatini
Maximilian Schachmann
Pieter Serry
Zdenek Stybar
Niki Terpstra
Matteo Trentin
Petr Vakoc
Martin Velits
Julien Vermote

By Jonathan Roorda
Image: Quick-Step Floors logo





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