Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel are expected to take part in the Belgian Druivenkoers Overijse one day race in recognition for the next World Championships on the same roads.
Reigning world champion Alaphilippe will be joined by young Belgian star Evenepoel and Tour of Flanders winner Kasper Asgreen, as part of a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step team to tackle the hilly race and cover some of the routes used during of this year’s World Championships.
The roads around the town of Overijse are just southwest of the 2021 Worlds host city Leuven with Druivenkoers taking place on August 26, making it an ideal recognition race for some big names.
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Team Sports Director Rik Van Slycke said: “Druivenkoers Overijse is an important race, as it puts a tough course on the table with some sections that will also be raced at the Worlds, and that will make things more interesting than usually.
“We have a strong team and we will try to play an important role, as we always do. It will not be easy, but we are leaving with a lot of confidence and motivation.”
Druivenkoers Overijse 2021 will run over 192km, starting and ending in the Flemish city of Overijse, with 20 hard-hitting categorized climbs including Moskesstraat, Taymansstraat and Bekestraat, all of which will feature in the elite men’s road race at the Worlds. Championships.
The men’s race of the 2021 Worlds, scheduled for the last day of racing on September 26, will take place over 268 km from Antwerp to Leuven in Flanders, with 2,500 meters of elevation gain.
It will be Alaphilippe’s first race since he finished sixth at the Clásica San Sebastián at the end of July, where his teammate Mikkel Honoré took an impressive third.
Alaphilippe had a mixed Tour de France after completing the first stage, wearing the yellow jersey for a day before Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) took over. He then started a series of breakaways but failed to secure a second stage victory.
Evenepoel is back in shape after having to abandon his first Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia earlier this year.
He has since retained his title on the Tour of Belgium, placed in the top 10 in the Olympic Time Trial and put in a very impressive performance to win the Tour of Denmark, overtaking the pack on the Queen’s stage. .
The 21-year-old Belgian will be eager to get closer to top form for a home world championship which will take place just 48 km from his hometown. .
Besides Evenepoel and Alaphilippe, the Danish duo Asgreen and Honoré will surely be in the race for victory both in this race but also in the Worlds.
Both riders have had good results this season with Asgreen winning the Tour of Flanders and E3 Saxo Bank Classic as well as his national TT and Honoré title taking fifth place overall in the Tour of Poland behind his teammate and winner of the standings overall, João Almeida as well as several results in the top 10 throughout the season and a victory at Coppi e Bartali.
The rest of the squad is made up of three of the strongest servants with Iljo Keisse, Pieter Serry and Dries Devenyns playing a supporting role.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team for Druivenkoers Overijse 2021
Julian Alaphilippe (French)
Remco Evenepoel (Belgium)
Kasper Asgreen (Hold)
Mikkel Honoré (Den)
Dries Devenyns (Belgium)
Pieter Serry (Bel)
Iljo Keisse (Bel)