Julian Alaphilippe and Sam Bennett lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) celebrates his stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite the presence of Julian Alaphilippe, Sam Bennett and Davide Ballerini in their Milan-San Remo line-up, Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Davide Bramati has insisted that they are "not the favourites for this edition".

While the road to victory on the Via Roma appears to run through Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who notched up two stage wins apiece at Tirreno-Adriatico, Alaphilippe, Bennett and Ballerini have all showcased their form ahead of La Primavera.

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