After good result in 2017, Julian Alaphilippe returns to Paris-Nice
Feb 28 2018 03:41 am CET

After good result in 2017, Julian Alaphilippe returns to Paris-Nice
After good result in 2017, Julian Alaphilippe returns to Paris-Nice
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe by Jonathan Roorda /

Julian Alaphilippe will be the rider of Quick-Step Floors to fight for a good spot in the General Classification at Paris-Nice.

The first European stage race of the season will take place between the 4th and the 11th of Match and includes 27 classified climbs and an Individual Time Trial.

In 2017, Alaphilippe did a great job at the race and became the first rider to win the Green and the White jerseys in the same year. After a good start of the season, he is ready to tackle this challenge. "I’m quite satisfied with my first two races of the season, it was nice to be in Colombia and then in Abu Dhabi, where only two seconds separated me from a top-3 finish," said the rider.

"My results in these races gave me confidence ahead of my first outing in Europe, which I’m delighted to make at Paris-Nice, a beautiful race which I became fond of long before turning pro."

The Frenchman wants the team to get more victories in this start of the season and wants to take one stage victory himself. "I know many of the roads of this year’s edition and I dare to say the parcours is even more demanding than the one of last year," he commented.

"In the first part of the week the weather will also be a factor, with forecasted rain and strong winds, but we are coming here with a strong team and we are very determined to continue the impressive run of solid results that we have been enjoying since the start of the season. I would love to win a stage like last year, but I will take it day by day and see what happens."

Elia Viviani will be the man for the flat stages and Yves Lampaert will want to test his Time Trial shape in the fourth stage of the race.

Complete roster of Quick-Step Floors for Paris-Nice (4th to 11th of March):

Julian Alaphilippe
Tim Declercq
Dries Devenyns
Yves Lampaert
Michael Mørkøv
Fabio Sabatini
Elia Viviani



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