Soudal - Quick-Step have confirmed the 'eight' they'll be taking to the Giro d'Italia. It's a strong lineup which will look to protect Remco Evenepoel in all terrains as the World champion pursues a maiden Corsa Rosa victory this May.
After a disappointing debut in 2021, Evenepoel is back to the Giro. His goal had been clear for a long time and the preparation has been done, quite successfully as he's taken on the way wins at the UAE Tour and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, whilst also winning stages at the Volta a Catalunya where he finished second. There he battled tightly with Primoz Roglic, with whom he's expected to headline the race once again - as was the case in last year's Vuelta a Espana.
Fausto Masnada was set to take part in the race but was removed in the last few days, not having shown the form needed to ride in the high mountains as he has in the past. He's been replaced by Josef Cerny who on the other hand impressed by winning the prologue at the Tour de Romandie. Both he and Davide Ballerini will be the key support riders in the flat days, whilst right-hand man and close friend Ilan van Wilder should be his most important domestique in the mountains.
Jan Hirt, who was sixth here last year and was signed for this purpose, will also be present in the team, which looked to build a climbing block around the Belgian. Part of it will also be Mattia Cattaneo, Pieter Serry and Louis Vervaeke.
Soudal - Quick-Step for Giro d'Italia:
Remco Evenepoel, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Josef Cerny, Jan Hirt, Pieter Serry, Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke.