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Julian Alaphilippe’s stunning run at the yellow jersey in 2019 shifted the focus of Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and his 5th place overall was a sign that the team could potentially chase the GC overall in years to come. Apparently 2020 is not the year for this, as Alaphilippe has announced his intentions to chase stage victories and save his legs for the Olympics. Now, the Olympics have been canceled and Alaphilippe has yet to clarify his intentions. DQS is the perhaps the strongest all-around squad this year, with climbers, rouleurs, and sprinter Sam Bennett on the roster.
We have our eyes on you, Julian Alaphilippe, and we’re not buying the “stage wins” part of your stated TDF ambitions. It’s no secret that this year’s route caters to Alaphilippe’s explosive style, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Frenchman and DQS make a successful run at yellow.