Tour de France - Alaphilippe, Sénéchal... Lefevere va devoir choisir !

Tour de France – Alaphilippe, Sénéchal… Lefevere will have to choose!

The countdown begins ! In just under three weeks, the 109th Tour de France will begin in Copenhagen (Denmark) with a timed exercise. But before thinking about this meeting, several teams must choose the riders selected for the next Big loop (July 1-24). Patrick Lefeveremanager of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team, gave an update on the selection of his team. “We always work with a long list. Of the the first training camp, we already have riders in mind for the Tour de France. After the Tour of Switzerland, we will go from eleven to eight names. Usually we come to our eight names pretty unanimously“, he declares in his column for the Het Nieuwsblad.

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“It’s no secret that we are going to do the Tour with Jakobsen”

The boss of wolf pack admits having notably decided on the duel Fabio JakobsenMark Cavendish. “It’s no secret that we are going to do the Tour with Fabio. But last year Sam Bennett was also a certainty, so to speak, but in the end Cavendish went on the Tour. I spoke to him the last weekend of the Giro. Mark told me he was pro and that it would be ready until the last day“, Explain Patrick Lefeverebefore discussing the structure of his selection: “Obviously, if you go with a sprinter, you also need a pilot fish. Until further notice, Michael Morkov is the best in the world in this role. Yves Lampaert and/or Florian Sénéchal have their place on the train.” […]

And because as a team of sprinters, you have to control the race, you also need a profile like Tim Declercq or Josef Cerny. Unfortunately, the latter fell ill again in the Dauphiné“, continues the Belgian. The boss of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team also mentioned the other ambitions of his team on the next Tour de France : “If you give up the time trial, you also give up the classification and you ride in 20th position in the line of cars. We count on Kasper Asgreen for the time trial. Remi Cavagna is also an option. […] We will not go to the Tour with a ranking man.

“If Julian Alaphilippe is in good shape, he will come with us and be on the Tour”

Finally, Patrick Lefevere mentioned the case Julian Alaphilippe. Unavailable since his terrible fall during Liege-Bastogne-Liegeon April 24, the world champion will know his fate in about ten days: “If Julian Alaphilippe is in good shape, he will come with us and be on the Tour de France. We are not going to be discreet about this. He is progressing well during training at altitude in the Sierra Nevada, but with all due respect: there is a big difference between training uphill with Yves Lampaert or Tim Declercq and participating in a big race.

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