Bob Jungels and Elia Viviani to lead Deceuninck – Quick-Step at Giro d’Italia 2019

The team also announced Britain’s James Knox will ride his first Grand Tour in Italy

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Bob Jungels and Elia Viviani are to lead a versatile Deceuninck – Quick-Step squad at the 2019 Giro d’Italia.

The Belgian super-team will target stage wins with Viviani and hope for another glowing general classification performance with Jungels.

Quick-Step have also confirmed that Britain’s James Knox will start his first Grand Tour when the Giro departs from Bologna on Saturday (May 11).

Italian national champion Viviani returns to the Giro for a second consecutive year, having won four stages there last season.

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Jungels has shown huge potential in the Italian Grand Tour, winning the youth classification in 2016 and 2017 while finishing sixth and eighth overall respectively.

Sports director Davide Bramati said: “We come here with two leaders: Elia Viviani - who backed by a very strong and experienced sprint train, will look to win stages in front of his home crowd, this time in the national Italian champion’s jersey – and Bob, who is going to have another tilt at the GC.”

The route for the 2019 Giro features three individual time trials, which will suit multiple Luxembourg national TT champion Jungels.

Traditionally the Giro is not considered ideal territory for the sprinters, with few stages suited to the fast men.

The 2019 edition features five stages likely to come down to a bunch gallop, attracting plenty of powerful rivals for Viviani.

Quick-Step will face competition from Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann, Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Démare, Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in the flat finishes.

The GC battle is likely to bring fireworks, with former winners Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) going up against the likes of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

>>> Giro d’Italia 2019 start list

On Jungels’ chances in the overall, Bramati added: “There’s a number of stages which should be important in the fight for the overall – from Ceresol Reale and Courmayeur to the one featuring both the Gavia and the Mortirolo later in the race – but the plan is to take it day by day and see what happens.”

Knox will be making his Grand Tour debut as part of his second season at WorldTour level.

The 23-year-old, who rode for Team Wiggins in 2016 and 2017, has shown huge promise this season.

He finished in the top-10 overall at the UAE Tour and most recently finished fourteenth overall against world-class competition at the Tour de Romandie.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step line-up for Giro d’Italia 2019

Eros Capecchi (Ita)

Mikkel Honoré (Den)

Bob Jungels (Lux)

James Knox (GBr)

Fabio Sabatini (Ita)

Florian Sénéchal (Fra)

Pieter Serry (Bel)

Elia Viviani (Ita)

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.