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Quick-Step bringing triple threat to Le Samyn

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Philippe Gilbert climbs at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Philippe Gilbert climbs at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)
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Zdenek Stybar used the old school technique of some old paper under his jacket to add further insulation to his chest

Zdenek Stybar used the old school technique of some old paper under his jacket to add further insulation to his chest
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Zdenek Stybar attacks at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Zdenek Stybar attacks at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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The 2016 Le Samyn podium: Scott Thwaites, Niki Terpstra and Florian Senechal

The 2016 Le Samyn podium: Scott Thwaites, Niki Terpstra and Florian Senechal
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Quick-Step Floors will take on Le Samyn on Tuesday with a wealth of options as Zdenek Stybar, Phlipppe Gilbert and Niki Terpstra will all have protected status within the Belgian team.

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Terpstra previously won the race in 2016, and Gilbert took the top prize in 2008 while riding for FDJ. Both riders competed in the opening Belgium weekend this year, with Gilbert finishing fifth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and then taking Sunday off, while Terpstra played a support role in both Omloop and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Stybar finished 20th in Omloop and also took Sunday off.

Tuesday's race, 200km from Quaregnon to Dour, features four short-but-steep climbs - Côte de Mainvault, Côte de la Folie, Côte des Papins and Côte de Semenil - before the peloton reaches the final circuit, which riders will cover four times. Four cobbled sections, Rue du Vert Pignon (1,400m), Côte de la Roquete (500m), Chemin de Wiheries (400m) and Rue de Belle Vue (700m), will further break up the peloton from there.

Joining Terpstra, Gilbert and Stybar in the race will be Tim Declercq, Fabio Jakobsen, Davide Martinelli and Florian Sénéchal.

"Florian, who despite being new on the squad, already proved this year what a talented rider he is, together with Tim, Davide and Fabio, will support our guys in this race, which on top of having a demanding course will be made hard also by the weather," said team director Tom Steels.

"With temperatures below zero degrees and a strong wind coming from the north, it will be very tough out there, but we will try to leave our mark on this beautiful race," Steels said.

Quick-Step Floors for Le Samyn: Tim Declercq, Philippe Gilbert, Fabio Jakobsen, Davide Martinelli, Florian Sénéchal, Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra