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by Shane Stokes
September 1, 2017
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Four-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Fernando Gaviria and Tour de France sixth-place finisher Dan Martin will form the core of QuickStep Floors’ team for the Tour of Britain, and will also be joined by Ronde van Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race champion Philippe Gilbert.
The trio spearhead the Belgian squad in the race, and will each be targeting success. “I’m really happy to be back at the Tour of Britain,” said Gaviria, who should be one of the quickest sprinters there. “I had the best experience there two years ago riding as a stagiaire for Quick-Step Floors and immediately winning a stage, so returning to Britain now and being part of this great team is a real honour. I like this race a lot, and for sure I will try to nab a stage victory here.”
Martin has been resting since the Tour, due in part to a fracture in his back that was only detected after that race, and is psyched to do well. Although he is Irish, he grew up in Birmingham and sees the race through that prism.
“It’s always special to ride what is effectively a home race in the Tour of Britain,” he said. “Always so many fans, a great atmosphere and a testing course. I’m excited to get back to racing following the enforced break I had after the Tour de France. It will be a hard race, but we’re coming here with a strong team and I’m motivated to look after opportunities and get a good result.”
The race begins in Edinburgh on Sunday and runs for eight days. Gaviria, Martin and Gilbert will be joined by Laurens De Plus, Maximiliano Richeze and Czech road race champion Zdenek Stybar.