Tour de France - Quick Step name team, eye stage wins

Mon, 20 Jun 16:43:00 2011

Quick Step are focused on stage victories after naming their team for the Tour de France.

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Kevin De Weert (pictured), who finished 18th on GC last year, will be their main hope in the overall while Tom Boonen will look to add to his six stage victories in the sport's biggest race in bunch sprints.

"We have a very competitive team for the Tour de France, that will be able to challenge everyone in every situation," said Quick Step Sports Director Wilfried Peeters.

"The team will support De Weert in any case in the most difficult stages, and whenever necessary. (Andy) Engels will be the one to support De Weert mainly, being a rider with great experience.

"De Weert's main objective will be to try and further improve his placement compared to his last Tour de France.

"We will also have riders like Boonen, (Gerald) Ciolek and (Gert) Steegmans in our team, who will be able to try and win sprints should the occasion arise. They will also try different winning solutions in other circumstances.

Sylvain Chavanel, Dries Devenyns, Jerome Pineau and Niki Terpstra complete the line-up and Peeters is hopeful that they can be opportunistic.

"We will try to race aggressively just like we did last year. The first week of the competition is very interesting. Some of the arrivals perfectly fit the characteristics of our riders," Peeters commented.

"Generally speaking anyway the Tour, throughout the three weeks, always offers good chances to shine for riders who attack like Chavanel, Pineau, Devenyns and Terpstra.

"We will try to keep up with those who break away from the peloton, and we'll do everything we can to win a stage, this being our main goal for the race.

"We have an expert and motivated team in general, with everyone being well-aware of their role and tasks. We start this Tour de France in the best possible conditions, both physically and mentally."


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