Julian Alaphilippe to make Dwars door Vlaanderen debut
Mar 31 2021 04:38 am CET

Julian Alaphilippe to make Dwars door Vlaanderen debut
Julian Alaphilippe to make Dwars door Vlaanderen debut
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (c) Wout Beel

Julian Alaphilippe is set to lead Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Dwars door Vlaanderen, days before facing the Tour of Flanders.

The World Champion will make his debut in the race over the 184.1-kilometre course that features three cobblestone sectors and thirteen hills. The Frenchman will be at the start line in his second encounter with the cobbles in the season after the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"Wednesday brings another appointment with the cobbles and we are looking forward to it," said Deceuninck-Quick-Step sports director Tom Steels. "It will be an important race for Julian before Flanders, the combination of short climbs, narrow roads and nervousness of the bunch being just what he needs to get in the race mode for Sunday's big rendez-vous.

"The condition of all our guys is there, the team comprises several riders who can attack from the distance, while in Davide we have a fast rider for the finale, so we are confident we can rack up another good result."

Deceunick-Quick-Step's roster for Dwars door Vlaanderen (March 31):

Julian Alaphilippe
Dries Devenyns
Tim Declecq
Kasper Asgreen
Florian Senechal
Yves Lampaert
Davide Ballerini




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