Reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe should be present at the start in Roeselare at the end of this month for Dwars door Vlaanderen. After he showed his stripes during an attack on the Berendries in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last month, we are looking forward to his participation on 31 March.
For now Dwars door Vlaanderen is the only other race besides the Tour of Flanders Alaphilippe will ride in Flanders. The riders joining him at Deceuninck - Quick-Step currently are two-time former winner Yves Lampaert, Kasper Asgreen, Zdenek Stybar, Dries Devenyns, Tim Declercq, Jannik Steimle and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Ballerini as a stand-in. The team will get competition from defending champion Mathieu van der Poel.