Sunweb to hunt for stage victories in Tour de France
Jun 28 2019 08:29 pm CET

Sunweb to hunt for stage victories in Tour de France
Sunweb to hunt for stage victories in Tour de France
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Team Sunweb will start in the Tour de France with the objective of taking a stage victory. The Team will go to the French grand tour with a versatile roster that can tackle every challenge.

After the disappointment of Tom Dumoulin's decision of skipping the second grand tour of the year, the team has taken the decision of starting in the race with a roster that includes riders that can fight for the stage victory in several days. "This year our focus at the Tour de France will be to go for stage success throughout the race," said coach Aike Visbeek. "We have been in this situation before when we have had to change from a GC goal to focusing on stage results and I am confident we can do well again.

"We’ll have opportunities for good results with Michael in the sprint stages and reduced bunch sprints. Nikias will be our captain and with Giro stage winner Chad, we bring extra power for the both the TTT and TT. With Wilco, Nicholas and Søren we aim for opportunities in the more difficult hilly and mountain stages."

Sunweb's roster will also include two riders that will ride La Grande Boucle for the first time. "We are also happy and proud that we bring two talented debutants to this year’s Tour with Lennard and Cees," said Visbeek. "Lennard has shown both in lead-out work and in the mountains that he is very strong and with him, we are aiming to make the next step in his development.

"Cees has made big steps this spring with several victories, but maybe even more impressive has been his dedication to working in a support role on different occasions. Cees will get the opportunity to gain more experience and develop at what is the highest level."

Team Sunweb's line-up for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of June):

Søren Kragh Andersen
Nikias Arndt
Cees Bol
Chad Haga
Lennard Kämna
Wilco Kelderman
Michael Matthews
Nicholas Roche