Quick-Step Floors chooses an all-terrain team for Tour de France
Jun 26 2018 02:01 pm CET

Quick-Step Floors chooses an all-terrain team for Tour de France
Quick-Step Floors chooses an all-terrain team for Tour de France
Quick-Step Floors jersey ©Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors has chosen a versatile team to face the 2018 Tour de France. The objectives of the Belgian formation include stage victories and good GC classifications.

"With the guys we have selected for the Tour, we bring a perfectly balanced squad consisting of younger riders and more experienced road captains," said sports director Tom Steels. "Common for them all is their world-class quality as bike riders, which they have proven countless times by being key players in the team’s successes."

For the flat and cobbled stages as well as for the team time trial, the Belgian team will rely on riders like Niki Terpstra and Philippe Gilbert, winners of several spring classics, along with Tim Declercq and newly crowned Belgian champion Yves Lampaert.

Bob Jungels and Julian Alaphilippe will lead the GC aspirations of the team. "For Bob and Julian, it will be a second meeting with the biggest race in the world," Steels explained. "After two successful Giro campaigns, where he won the best young rider classification in both 2016 and 2017, Bob returns to the Tour with a goal to see how far he can go in GC. He has recovered well from the first part of the season and is ready for the challenge.

"The same goes for Julian, who was sidelined last year due to an injury. As one of the most versatile riders in the peloton, we can expect a bit of everything from this talented young Frenchman and we look forward to seeing him racing a Grand Tour on home soil again."

Fernando Gaviria will make his debut at the Grande Boucle and the objective for his is to take stage victories. "He amazed the cycling scene last year by winning four stages and the cyclamen jersey at the Giro d’Italia, but the level of the Tour is different with the presence of the best sprinters, lead-out men, domestiques and helpers in the world," commented the director.

"Richeze will be extremely important for Fernando, especially in the final kilometres, where he will use his experience and power to pilot Fernando into the best possible position to launch his sprint like they have successfully done in the past years."

Quick-Step Floors' complete roster for the Tour de France (7th to 29th of July):

Julian Alaphilippe
Tim Declercq
Fernando Gaviria Rendon
Philippe Gilbert
Bob Jungels
Yves Lampaert
Maximiliano Richeze
Niki Terpstra
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