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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
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One year after he became the first Luxembourger in almost 60 years to wear the pink jersey of race leader, then went on to win the best young rider contest and finish sixth overall, Bob Jungels is returning to the Giro d’Italia. The 24-year-old has structured his season around the race and will spearhead the QuickStep Floors team’s GC hopes.
He will be joined by the talented 22-year-old Fernando Gaviria, who is the team’s designated sprinter. He is making his Grand Tour debut, as are Laurens De Plus (21) and Davide Martinelli (23).
“If you look on our outfit for the Giro d’Italia, you can see it’s a young one, with three Grand Tour rookies, but at the same time very motivated to have a saying in the race,” said directeur sportif Davide Bramati. “After last year’s performance, we’ll try to help Bob make another step forward.
“The Giro is always a challenging race, but he is prepared; we will see how things pan out and we’ll make a first assessment after the Foligno time trial, although we are aware that the difficult third week can easily change the general classification.
“Fernando will race a Grand Tour for the first time. The most important thing for him will be to gain experience, but we aren’t hiding the fact we have faith in him, as he’s capable of getting a good result in the flat stages.” Also on the squad are Eros Capecchi, Dries Devenyns, Iljo Keisse, Maximiliano Richeze and Pieter Serry.