RE­FO­CUS FOR 2018

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Whether Quick-Step can con­tinue their im­pres­sive run of vic­to­ries into the 2018 sea­son re­mains to be seen, but they will be try­ing to re­peat the feat with­out some key riders from this year. Mar­cel Kittel is leav­ing the Bel­gian squad to join Ka­tusha-Alpecin, Dan Martin is go­ing to UAE!Emi­rates and Mat­teo Trentin is mov­ing to Orica-Scott. They won 22 races be­tween them. The team is hardly at a loss, how­ever, in ei­ther the sprints or stage races. Gaviria is stay­ing and Elia Viviani has been signed from Sky in a bid to com­pen­sate for Kittel’s ab­sence. Gaviria has never raced at the Tour de France and the prospect of him and his for­mer team-mate "in­ally go­ing head-to-head next year is one to rel­ish. Sim­i­larly, with Martin hav­ing been the team’s leader at the Tour, the fo­cus at stage races and the grand tours will cen­tre around Alaphilippe and Jun­gels who have now com­pleted two grand tours each. Alaphilippe was due to be a key sup­port rider for Martin in this year’s Tour, but he had to un­dergo knee surgery which also ruled him out of the Ar­dennes Clas­sics. Jun­gels will be aim­ing to im­prove on his two top-10 over­all re­sults at the Giro.

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