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Quick-Step announces Tour de France roster

Quick-Step unveils starting eight for Tour de France with Fernando Gaviria headlining stage-hunting options and Bob Jungels for GC

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Quick-Step Floors announced its starting eight for the Tour de France on Tuesday, naming a roster well-suited to hunt stages with a GC hopeful in the mix to boot.

Fernando Gaviria headlines the team’s sprint aspirations. The 23-year-old will be making his long-awaited debut in the French grand tour, and will be among the top favorites for the flat finales.

Bob Jungels, who has delivered Giro d’Italia top 10s in back-to-back years, will carry the team’s GC hopes.

The rest of squad is not short on firepower. Gaviria’s righthand lead out man Maximiliano Richeze will make the start hoping to shepherd the Colombian into the sprint finishes.

Philippe Gilbert, Julian Alaphilippe, and Niki Terpstra will give the team additional notable options in the battle for stage victories, with big engines Yves Lampaert and Tim Declerq rounding things out.

“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 via a press release.

Iljo Keisse marks a notable absence. A key member of the sprint train Quick-Step had planned to bring to France, Keisse will miss the race with a case of pleurisy.