Within the 2019 Tour de France Deceuninck – Fast-Step took a group of stage wins and led the race for 2 weeks with Julian Alaphilippe.
This yr the dominant Belgian WorldTour crew are again with one other stacked line-up.
Having been essentially the most profitable crew in biking final yr, with 68 UCI wins, Deceuninck are taking eight of their greatest skills to the 2020 Tour, which kicks off in Good on Saturday (August 29).
The crew will likely be break up between the management of each Julian Alaphilippe and Sam Bennett, who will likely be concentrating on their very own levels.
Sports activities director Tom Steels mentioned: “For Julian it will likely be very troublesome to repeat final yr’s Tour, however on the identical time, it’s not essential to do it. We are going to take it with him daily and see what occurs. There are some good alternatives for him, however I can inform you we aren’t pondering of a situation just like that of the earlier Tour.
“In Sam, we’ve a contender for the bunch sprints, which received’t be so easy as prior to now, the route being one of many hardest in current reminiscence. I feel there are most 4 clear levels for sprinters unfold over the three weeks.”
Bennett and Alaphilippe will likely be supported by Bob Jungels, Zdenek Štybar, and Kasper Asgreen, with Michael Mørkøv driving because the final man for Bennett within the dash lead-out.
Dries Devenyns and Tim Decelerq will full the crew.
However a notable omission from the crew is Shane Archbold, Bennett’s most trustworthy lead-out rider who has not been chosen regardless of racing alongside the Irishman for a lot of 2020 after he joined the crew at first of the yr.
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Steels added: “Michael will likely be Sam’s final man and can information him by way of these hectic ultimate kilometres, but additionally Kasper and Styby will play an vital position in his lead-out prepare, whereas on the identical time maintaining a tally of breakaway alternatives. Bob and Dries are each riders who can help Julian, they’ve quite a lot of expertise and can assist him within the finale.
“Final however not least, Tim will do what he does greatest: management the race. He’s a world-class domestique and has the ability and information to do it.”
Deceuninck – Fast-Step squad for the Tour de France 2020
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra)
Sam Bennett (Irl)
Bob Jungels (Lux)
Kasper Asgreen (Den)
Zdenek Stybar (Cze)
Tim Declerq (Bel)
Dries Devenyns (Bel)
Michael Morkov (Den)