The Belgian QuickStep team today revealed its team ahead of the Tour de France this weekend.
There were few surprises in the line-up, but the participation of Tom Boonen is still uncertain.
Tour de France organisers, ASO, originally excluded the Belgian from the race but Boonen appealed; tomorrow a civil court in Nanterre in France will make its ruling and its decision will be final. Boonen won the Belgian national championships at the weekend but it remains to be seen whether the tricolour jersey will get its first airing at the Tour.
If the court does not rule in favour of Boonen, he will be replaced by Australian sprinter, Allan Davis.
With the inclusion of riders like Sylvain Chavanel, Steve de Jongh and Jérôme Pineau, the team is clearly targetting stage wins.
However, QuickStep will also once again target a high overall placing with Tour of Flanders-winner, Stijn Devolder.
Supporting Devolder in the mountains will be Carlos Barredo.
QuickStep line-up: Carlos Barredo, Sylvain Chavanel, Steve de Jongh, Jérôme Pineau, Stijn Devolder, Sébastien Rosseler, Matteo Tosatto, Jurgen Van De Walle.
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