Van Avermaet, who has two individual stage wins at the Tour and has worn the yellow jersey for a total of 11 days during the 2016 and 2018 Tours, leads a well-rounded team of eight men focused on stage wins.
“I want to win a stage, that’s no secret,” Van Avermaet said. “Without a general classification leader, we all have the freedom to go for our own results and that’s really exciting. Not just for me, but for the whole team. I never expected to wear the yellow jersey for eight days last year and I think that is a good reminder of how you have to take every opportunity that comes your way during the race and be aggressive from start to finish.”
Van Avermaet is joined by a strong mix of experienced grand tour racers and young talent. When the race starts on his home turf, he will have the support of fellow Belgian Serge Pauwels, who has shown good form this year with top-10 GC finishes at the Volta ao Algarve and the Tour de Yorkshire.
Also representing CCC Team are Simon Geschke, who won a Tour stage in 2015, along with Patrick Bevin, who won a team time trial stage last year and Michael Schär, who won TTT stages in 2015 and 2018. Three-time Vuelta a España stage winner Alessandro De Marchi brings a wealth of experience to the squad, while former United States time trial champion Joey Rosskopf and Polish rider Łukasz Wiśniowski will make their debut appearances at the Tour.
“Our Tour de France this year will be all about attacking, looking for good breakaways, and working as a team to win a stage,” said CCC Team sports director Fabio Baldato. “We don’t have a pure sprinter and we don’t have a pure climber, we have a team of opportunists which means we have to look at every stage and see how we can win it.”
This is the first Tour de France for CCC Team since it joined forces with Giant at the start of the year. Van Avermaet and his teammates will be racing on the TCR Advanced SL for most road stages, and some riders will use the Propel Advanced SL aero road bike for key sprint stages. The Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike will be used for for Sunday’s Stage 2 team time trial in Brussels and the Stage 13 individual time trial in Pau.
Team bikes will be built up with components from CADEX, a new brand that was unveiled Friday in Brussels on the eve of the Tour's start. Developed under a project labeled #overachieve, CADEX components being used for the Tour include various WheelSystems and saddles.
Here’s the full lineup for CCC Team’s 2019 Tour de France squad:
Patrick Bevin (New Zealand)
Alessandro De Marchi (Italy)
Simon Geschke (Germany)
Serge Pauwels (Belgium)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Michael Schär (Switzerland)
Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
Lukasz Wisniowski (Poland)