News: Quick-Step Floors to Vuelta a San Juan

Quickstep with Tom Boonen return to Argentina, a country in where their riders have tasted victory on eleven occasions

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News: Quick-Step Floors to Vuelta a San Juan

For the first time in history, Vuelta a San Juan – a race created in 1982 – has a 2.1 classification, which means World Tour teams can come to the start. Quick-Step Floors Cycling will be one of these outfits that will line up for the seven-stage event which will cover 892 kilometers between 23-29 January.

Five of these stages will have the sprinters’ name written all over them, but also the time trialists and the climbers will have their chance to shine. A pan-flat 11.9km ITT will lead to the first significant gaps in the general classification, while the stage to Alto Colorado (14.4 kilometers, 4.4%) will provide the perfect backdrop for the decisive fight between the overall victory contenders.

The Vuelta a San Juan will mark Tom Boonen’s debut in what is set to be his final season, one that will conclude in April, at Paris-Roubaix: “I’ve started the season several times in Argentina, but last year I couldn’t be there unfortunately due to the crash in Abu Dhabi”.
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“In my opinion, Argentina is one of the best places to kick off the season thanks to the great temperatures, good roads, and spectators who always give you a warm welcome. And also the parcours is something I like, because is well-balanced. That’s why I’m really looking forward to race San Juan.”

The seven-time Monument winner will be joined in South America by Colombian youngster and best neo-pro of the 2016 season Fernando Gaviria, who announced his arrival on cycling’s biggest scene in Argentina two years ago, French neo-pro Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq, home fans’ favourite Maximiliano Richeze and Pieter Serry.

“We can’t wait to go to Vuelta a San Juan and discover this part of Argentina. We’ve always felt at home in this country and we hope to enjoy other beautiful moments there. Our team is a strong one and we make no secret of the fact that we want to win at least one stage with Fernando”, said sport director Davide Bramati of Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team’s goals and expectations for its second race of the year.



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