Defending champion Elia Viviani returns to Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
Mar 27 2019 05:47 am CET

Defending champion Elia Viviani returns to Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
Defending champion Elia Viviani returns to Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
Elia Viviani (c)Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Defending champion Elia Viviani is returning to the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne to lead Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

The second edition of the race since it became a one-day event will be 205 kilometres long and will combine hills and cobblestone sectors, until the 60-kilometre mark, when the peloton enters the De Panne circuit, where the wind will be a decisive factor.

Bob Jungels, the first Luxembourger to win a cobbled classic in 106 years with his victory in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, will also be part of the roster for the Belgian race. "De Panne is a very windy race with a lot of open sections," said sports director Tom Steels. "The narrow roads, hills, among which there's also the Kemmelberg, and cobblestones will make it unpredictable.

"On the two local laps, they will take on De Moeren, where the wind could make it extremely hard. We have very experienced riders, who can play their role, including last year's winner Viviani, but also young ones – Kasper (Asgreen), Bob and Fabio (Jakobsen) – who can gain a lot of experience from this race."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's roster for Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (27th of March):

Kasper Asgreen
Fabio Jakobsen
Bob Jungels
Yves Lampaert
Michael Mørkøv
Florian Sénéchal
Elia Viviani




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