The Quick Step team’s primary goal for this Tour de France is stage wins, but the team also will offer support to Kevin De Weert as the Belgian tries to improve on his 18th place overall finish of last year.
“We have a very competitive team for the Tour de France, that will be able to challenge everyone in every situation,” said sports director Wilfried Peeters. “Generally speaking anyway the Tour, throughout the three weeks, always offers good chances to shine for riders who attack like Chavanel, Pineau, Devenyns and Terpstra. We will try to keep up with those who break away from the peloton, and we’ll do everything we can to win a stage, this being our main goal for the race. We will also have riders like Boonen, Ciolek and Steegmans in our team, who will be able to try and win sprints should the occasion arise.”
“The team will support De Weert in any case in the most difficult stages, and whenever necessary. Engels will be the one to support De Weert mainly, being a rider with great experience. De Weert’s main objective will be to try and further improve his placement compared to his last Tour de France.
“We have an expert and motivated team in general, with everyone being well-aware of their role and tasks. We start this Tour de France in the best possible conditions, both physically and mentally.”
Quick Step for the Tour de France:
- Tom Boonen (B)
- Sylvain Chavanel (F)
- Gerald Ciolek (G)
- Kevin De Weert (B)
- Dries Devenyns (B)
- Addy Engels (Nl)
- Jerome Pineau (F)
- Gert Steegmans (B)
- Niki Terpstra (Nl)
Sports directors: Davide Bramati (ITA) and Wilfried Peeters (BEL)