Deceuninck-Quick-Step has to do without Zdenek Stybar in the Tour de France. The Czech has too much trouble with a knee injury to start next Saturday.

It is unknown when Stybar sustained the injury. He took part in the Czech road championship last Saturday, where he finished second just behind Adam Toupalík.

The three-time cyclocross world champion did participate in the Tour de France in 2015 and 2017 and immediately booked a stage victory with his first participation. He also won a stage in the Vuelta a España, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Eneco Tour.

Stybar is replaced at Deceuninck-Quick-Step by Rémi Cavagna, who makes his debut in the Tour. The Frenchman won silver behind the Swiss Stefan Küng on the time trial at the European Championship on the road last Monday.

The Tour selection of the Belgian team also consists of leader Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen, Sam Bennett, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Bob Jungels and Michael Mørkøv.

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Injury Stybar yet another setback

Stybar's injury is yet another setback for Deceuninck-Quick-Step in a short time. At the beginning of this month, Fabio Jakobsen was seriously injured in the Tour of Poland, after he ended up in the crush barriers due to a move by Dylan Groenewegen. He fought for his life in a Polish hospital, but it is now clear that he can make a full recovery.

A week and a half ago, Remco Evenepoel also fell hard. The Belgian turned over in the descent in the Tour of Lombardy, after which he flew over the railing of a bridge and fell down a few meters. He suffered a pelvic fracture and a bruised lung, but has now left the hospital.

The 107th edition of the Tour de France will start on Saturday with a hilly stage to and from Nice. The French cycling race traditionally ends on September 20 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.