Elia Viviani and Bob Jungels will lead a versatile Deceuninck-Quick-Step in the Giro d’Italia.
Winner of the maglia ciclamino last year, when he captured a whooping four stages, Elia Viviani will make his sixth Giro d’Italia appearance after a consistent first part of the season, which resulted in four victories.
Twice winner of the best young rider classification (2016, 2017), Bob Jungels returns at the Corsa Rosa after two years hoping to be again a major player in the general classification, like he was at his previous outings, when he finished each time in the top 10.
With two victories under his belt this year, Jungels is confident that he can be a protagonist, aided also by the almost 70 kilometers of individual time trial at the 102nd edition.
Eros Capecchi, Fabio Sabatini, Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry will also be on Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s squad for the first three-week race of the year, which will be rounded by two Grand Tour debutants: neo-pro Mikkel Honoré and James Knox.
“We come here with two leaders: Elia Viviani – who backed by a very strong sprint train, will look to win again stages in front of his home crowd, this time in the Italian National Champion jersey – and Bob, who’s going to have another tilt at the GC favoured by the three stages against the clock. There’s a number of stages which should be important in the fight for the overall – from Ceresole Reale and Courmayeur to the one featuring both Gavia and Mortirolo – but the plan is to take it day by day and see what happens”, explained sports director Davide Bramati.
Deceuninck-Quick-Step at the 2019 Giro d’Italia: Bob Jungels, Elia Viviani, Eros Capecchi, Mikkel Honore, James Knox, Fabio Sabatini, Florian Senechal, Pieter Serry.