Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar headline Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Strade Bianche
Mar 06 2019 06:16 am CET

Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar headline Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Strade Bianche
Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar headline Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Strade Bianche
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step will start at Strade Bianche with a strong roster that includes Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar. The team aims to continue the winning streak that it has had in the European season so far.

The Belgian team is prepared to face the 184-kilometre long race that includes 11 gravel sectors. After taking three victories in the Southern hemisphere, Alaphilippe is prepared to start his European season.

"I am very happy with the way my season started, with three victories in Argentina and Colombia," the Frenchman commented. "My condition is good and I can't wait to be in action in Italy.

"It will be my first time in Strade Bianche, a race I have always followed on TV, and at the start of which I am glad I will be this year. The motivation and moral are there and I hope it will turn out to be a good race for me."

Stybar won the race in his debut in 2015 and since then he has always finished in the top ten of the competition. The rider is also enjoying a very good shape that he showed last weekend when he took the solo victory of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"It's our first outing of the season in Italy, a race which has grown in stature and has become everyone's favourite," explained Sports Director Davide Bramati. "We won here twice and are motivated to be again in contention.

"If you look over the team, you can see how solid it is, with many riders capable of making the difference and being there in the key moments of the race. Following last week's results, we carry a bulletproof confidence into the race and hope to do well again."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's complete roster for Strade Bianche (9th of March):

Julian Alaphilippe
Eros Capecchi
Dries Devenyns
Yves Lampaert
Pieter Serry
Zdenek Stybar
Petr Vakoc




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