Deceuninck-QuickStep racked up some other 68 victories all through the 2019 season, cementing their position as the game’s maximum a success squad after successful the UCI Global Staff Classification for the second one 12 months in a row.
It should were 5 wins shy of the Belgian WorldTour crew’s 73 victories in 2018, but it surely was once arguably made the entire extra particular by means of the truth that Philippe Gilbert took the Paris-Roubaix identify for the primary time in his occupation and Julian Alaphilippe spent 14 days within the yellow jersey on the Excursion de France.
An incredible new video, beneath, known as Using with the wolves: A have a look at Deceuninck-QuickStep’s 2019 season, printed at the crew’s web page and made by means of L. a. Pédale – the crew in the back of Cyclingnews’ movie trilogy ultimate season: The Holy Week, Crescendo and Working With Wolves – permits lovers to re-live what was once some other vastly a success 12 months for the self-styled ‘Wolfpack’.
Alaphilippe was once arguably the standout rider over again, taking 12 wins in all, together with at Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and Flèche Wallonne, along his Excursion de France luck, the place he took two level wins, and the place it at one level seemed as despite the fact that he would possibly dangle on to complete at the podium.
Elia Viviani was once first around the line 11 instances in 2019, together with on the Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Highway Race, a level on the Excursion de France, the Ecu Championships highway race and the Cyclassics Hamburg, whilst Gilbert’s emotional Roubaix victory intended that the Belgian has now received 4 out of biking’s 5 Monuments all through his occupation, with most effective Milan-San Remo proceeding to elude him, which he will hope to place proper at some point.
His superb season at Deceuninck-QuickStep is possibly just a little bittersweet, on the other hand, because the 37-year-old will – like Viviani – transfer directly to pastures new for 2020, with Gilbert heading to Lotto Soudal and Viviani becoming a member of Cofidis.
Fabio Jakobsen and Alvaro Hodeg endured their building on the squad, contributing wins that incorporated the Dutch highway race identify and two levels on the Vuelta a España, and level wins on the Adriatica Ioncia Race and BinckBank Excursion, respectively, and there was once the surprising emergence – surprising, a minimum of, by means of its ferocity – of Remco Evenepoel and Kasper Asgreen.
Evenepoel got here into his first professional season as a 19-year-old, and had already received a level and the total identify on the Baloise Belgium Excursion by means of June, and the younger Belgian went directly to win a level on the Adriatica Ionica Race earlier than successful the large one on the Clasica San Sebastian in August, adopted by means of the Ecu Championships time-trial identify and silver within the time trial on the Global Championships.
Twenty-four-year-old Asgreen, in the meantime, in most effective his first complete season with the crew, took a marvel 2nd position on the Excursion of Flanders in April, after which received levels on the Excursion of California and the Deutschland Excursion, in addition to turning into the Danish time-trial champion.
Because the crew issues out, it has spent greater than 600 days on the best of the UCI Global Staff Classification – having received the identify for a 2nd 12 months in a row – and this 12 months notched up its 700th UCI win because the crew’s inception in 2003, with that milestone being celebrated, as it should be sufficient, with Gilbert’s Paris-Roubaix win.
Few would wager towards Deceuninck-QuickStep topping the desk over again in 2020, with some new celebrity names for sure effervescent to the outside to make sure that the Belgium crew remains on the head of affairs.