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Van der Poel and Philipsen lead Alpecin-Deceuninck to the WorldTour – 2023 team preview

LONGWY, FRANCE - JULY 07: (L-R) Kristian Sbaragli of Italy, Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix during the 109th Tour de France 2022, Stage 6 a 219,9km stage from Binche to Longwy 377m / #TDF2022 / #WorldTour / on July 07, 2022 in Longwy, France. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

It might be hard to believe, given their record of success in recent seasons, but Alpecin-Deceuninck are only just now a WorldTour team. The Belgian squad has been among the best in the world over the past three seasons and has been a staple at Grand Tours, major stage races and Classics for the past two.

Of course, much of that is down to the presence of one man – Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutch star has been racing with the team for nine seasons now across road and cyclo-cross, his ability and profile seeing them grow with him through the years.

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