It was not won in advance and Julian Alaphilippe knew full well that he was running the risk of a refusal, even perhaps a mocking laugh, from Patrick Lefévère, the boss of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team. Because among the Flemings, we do not joke when it comes to the Tour of Flanders, and the communication of the selection of seven riders, three days before the race, is always an event. In recent years, we have even been witnessing a real show, with an original staging around the runners’ press conference in the premises of the historic sponsor Quick-Step, in Wielsbeke, near Waregem. “We feel an incredible pride that few riders can know in other teams, says the Dane Kasper Asgreen, selected for the first time last year. I was already prepared for these classics, so I knew it would happen to me someday but when I was told “here you are, you are racing the Tour of Flanders on Sunday”, I took that as an incredible privilege. “
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