Tom Dumoulin to explore GC possibilities at Tour de France
Jul 02 2018 11:40 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin to explore GC possibilities at Tour de France
Tom Dumoulin to explore GC possibilities at Tour de France
Photo of Tom Dumoulin (c) Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb has announced the team that will start at the Tour de France. As expected, Tom Dumoulin will lead the eight-man roster.

As it was announced earlier in the day, Wilco Kelderman will not be part of this selection due to the injuries caused by a crash in the Netherlands national championships. But Sunweb made sure to select some of its strongest riders that up to the challenge.

"With the ambitions we have at the Tour we’ve selected the strongest possible configuration of qualities and riders," said Tour de France coach Tom Veelers. "Losing Wilco to a re-injured shoulder will be a big loss for us in the team time trial and the mountain stages, but we have Laurens ten Dam to replace him, who’s Grand Tour experience is extremely extensive and will be very valuable.

"Whilst taking the first careful steps towards our future Tour de France GC ambitions, with the importance of learning and gaining experience this year, we’ll also go for day results on the uphill sprints."

Even though Sunweb goes to the Tour de France with GC intentions, Dumoulin won't have any pressure to perform. "Primarily everyone’s responsibility is to keep Tom safe during each stage. Alongside Laurens, we have Chad, Søren, Michael and Simon as the guys to help out on the medium to difficult stages and Edward and Nikias on the flat stages. We’ve never been to the Tour de France with a GC focus and it will be a completely new experience for us and a long-term challenge that we are looking forward to.

"We want to get through that process with Tom this year without any pressure on results, creating the foundations to build on in the years to come. The parcours provide the perfect platform for an exciting race, and after achieving this year’s GC goal of a podium at the Giro, we’re very motivated to head to France and look forward to seeing what it brings this year."

Team Sunweb's line-up for the Tour de France (7th to 29th of July):

Søren Kragh Andersen
Nikias Arndt
Tom Dumoulin
Laurens ten Dam
Simon Geschke
Chad Haga
Michael Matthews
Edward Theuns



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