Team Sunweb unveils Giro team, aims for top result with Tom Dumoulin
Apr 26 2018 08:23 pm CET

Team Sunweb unveils Giro team, aims for top result with Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb unveils Giro team, aims for top result with Tom Dumoulin
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by LaPresse - D'Alberto / Ferrari / Paolone / Spada

Team Sunweb has unveiled its line-up for the 101st Giro d'Italia, in which Tom Dumoulin will try to defend the title earned in 2017.

The team's plans for this year are similar to those of the previous edition, in which Dumoulin clinched the overall victory in the final time trial, at the expense of then-leader Nairo Quintana.

"We go into the 101st Giro with similar targets to last year; looking for a GC result with Tom," said coach Marc Reef. “Lining up as defending champions will bring special dynamics into both the team and the race, and we will be prepared for that.

"Fighting for a GC result is entirely different in comparison to a stage success focus – everybody in the team needs to be completely focused for three weeks in a row, which is very demanding for all. We learned a lot from last year and we will bring this experience into the mix for this edition.

"Tom, Sam and Louis have been on a team altitude camp at Sierra Nevada to put in final training efforts and once again, video recons and analyses of data from the key stages will beneficial in preparing our guys for what’s coming. On paper the course is even tougher than last year, with more climbing and fewer time trial kilometres, and we are expecting a really challenging three weeks. Our Giro squad selection is made based on the characteristics of the course with the right balance between talented climbers and our experienced captains. We head to Israel with a strong and confident squad and we look forward to getting the Giro started."

The complete Team Sunweb selection for the Giro d'Italia (May 4-27):

Roy Curvers (NED)
Laurens ten Dam (NED)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Chad Haga (USA)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Lennard Hofstede (NED)
Sam Oomen (NED)
Louis Vervaeke (BEL)




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