Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana

Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he wins Paris-Roubaix

Fabio Jakobsen will lead Deceneuninck-QuickStep ’s hunt for sprint victories at the 2019 Vuelta a España , while Philippe Gilbert makes his final Grand Tour appearance for the squad before switching to Lotto Soudal in 2020. Like Gilbert, Zdeněk Štybar will use the Vuelta to build towards the World Championships in Yorkshire. Maxi Richeze, also riding his last Grand Tour for the team before moving to UAE Team Emirates, will serve as Jakobsen’s lead-out man in Spain, while the squad also includes Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq, James Knox and Eros Capecchi. There is no place in the team for the Movistar-bound Enric Mas, who placed second overall a year ago. The Vuelta gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. "We have a nice mix of young and experienced riders, and our goal will be to go for stage victories. Fabio is making his first Grand Tour ...

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