Evaluating Deceuninck-QuickStep's Tour de France long list

BAGNERESDEBIGORRE FRANCE JULY 18 Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Yellow Leader Jersey during the 106th Tour de France 2019 Stage 12 a 2095km stage from Toulouse to BagnresdeBigorre TDF TDF2019 LeTour on July 18 2019 in BagneresdeBigorre France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Julian Alaphilippe among his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates at the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It's no surprise that Deceuninck-QuickStep will be building around Julian Alaphilippe at the Tour de France, after the Frenchman's surprising ride to fifth overall and two weeks in the yellow jersey at last year's race.

Sprinter Sam Bennett will make his return to the race, too, as the Belgian team mount a multi-pronged challenge in the September race. As for who will surround the two big stars, there are plenty of names in contention on the long-list of 15 riders the Belgian team revealed exclusively to Cyclingnews. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.