Forget the Classics, Soudal-Quick Step are a GC team: 'We have shown that we're strong enough'

Soudal-Quick Step's performances in the Classics continue to disappoint, but when it comes to stage racing they're outperforming the so-called experts

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Against the backdrop of continued failures in the Classics, Soudal-Quick Step have emerged as a dominant stage racing team that is repeatedly showing itself capable of protecting its leader Remco Evenepoel.

For decades the Belgian super powerhouse has been all about one-day and sprint successes, but while they are being embarrassed on home turf, they are outperforming expectations when it comes to supporting Evenepoel, now undoubtedly one of the leading GC stars of his generation.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.