Alaphilippe and Ballerini step up as Deceuninck-QuickStep name Opening Weekend squads

Julian Alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

World champion Julian Alaphilippe will lead Deceuninck-QuickStep onto the cobbles at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, as the in-form Davide Ballerini graduates to the Belgian team's Classics squad. 

The established core of Zdenek Štybar, Yves Lampaert, and Kasper Asgreen form the backbone for the Opening Weekend, with Colombian sprinter Álvaro Hodeg included for Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.