Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to captain Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Tour de France
Jun 26 2019 09:15 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to captain Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Tour de France
Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to captain Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas are set to be Deceuninck-Quick-Step's main men at the upcoming Tour de France. Each of the riders will have his own goal for the race.

The Tour de France will kick off from Belgium for its fifth time in history, which gives Deceuninck-Quick-Step an extra motivation for the first stages. The Belgian team has taken 36 stage victories, six distinctive jerseys and eleven days in the Yellow Jersey in the French grand tour and will tackle its 2019 edition with a strong team that can shine in every terrain.

Alaphilippe will start in the race after an outstanding start of the season in which he has taken victories in races like Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche and Fleche Wallonne. "Julian is a little bit of a one-man army, a winner who last year took the climber's jersey in spectacular fashion," said sports director Tom Steels.

"With him, you are sure to be surprised. There are some stages, even in the first week, that really suit him, and when the course does suit him, he is one of the best in the world, so we will look for stage wins on those days."

Viviani will be back to the race for the first time since 2014 and will fight in the fast stages. "We need to remember that it is his first time in years at the Tour," Steels explained. "He has proved himself as a Grand Tour stage winner, but this is the Tour and with a full team behind him, he will need to stay calm and can hopefully take his opportunity with both hands.

"Maybe it will be difficult to go for the green jersey, but we will see that by day, as he'll target stage wins."

Mas will be starting in La Grande Boucle for the first time to gain experience in this kind of races. "He's our GC guy, but at the same time, this is his Tour de France debut and while he proved in the Vuelta that he can maintain his condition for three weeks, this is the Tour and it's about learning," the sports director commented. "It is hard to explain what this race is until you have been part of it.

"Everything is harder in the Tour and he needs to understand that. He will need to be in a good position, even on the flatter stages, which are faster and more chaotic than in other races. Fortunately, we have Dries on whom we can rely, as he'll be Mas' right hand and will support him for as long as possible. With the experience and the preparation he has had, he is really ready to help Enric."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's line up for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of July):

Julian Alaphilippe
Kasper Asgreen
Dries Devenyns
Yves Lampaert
Enric Mas
Michael Mørkøv
Maximiliano Richeze
Elia Viviani




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