Julian Alaphilippe returns to action for the first time since Clasica San Sebastian, won by Remco Evenepoel, who’ll also be on the team for the four-day race.
This week, Julian Alaphilippe resumes his stellar season, which so far has brought him twelve victories and a top 5 overall and two stages at the Tour de France, which he animated until the very end. The leader of the UCI World Individual Classification is set to race for the first time since 2015 in Germany, where he’ll be joined by a solid squad ready to take on the hilly parcours of the Deutschland Tour, which promises again four action-packed days.
Winner of five races in what has been a dazzling neo-pro campaign, European ITT Champion Remco Evenepoel will be at the start, just a few days after the 19-year-old Belgian signed a new contract that will keep him with the Wolfpack until the end of 2023. The six-man team for the 34th edition of the race will also include Danish Champion and Ronde van Vlaanderen runner-up Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert, Enric Mas and Pieter Serry.
“We start with a strong squad. Some of the guys, like Julian and Enric, will ease back into racing after a very hard Tour de France, but they have the same motivation and desire, just like the rest of the team. If you look over the parcours, you can see it’s a tough one, which should lead to some spectacular racing, so we look forward to the stages ahead, hoping they will bring more nice results for us, just like last year”, said sports director Davide Bramati, who’ll lead the team from the car together with Geert Van Bondt.
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