Wilco Kelderman to captain Team Sunweb at UAE Tour
Feb 18 2020 02:47 am CET

Wilco Kelderman to captain Team Sunweb at UAE Tour
Wilco Kelderman to captain Team Sunweb at UAE Tour
Photo of Wilco Kelderman © Team Sunweb | Vincent Riemersma

Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman will be the captain of Team Sunweb at the upcoming UAE Tour.

The United Arab Emirates Tour will be held between the 23rd and the 29th of February and will have in its start list names like Tadej Pogacar, Chris Froome and Ilnur Zakarin. Kelderman is the new name of the General Classification candidates to be added to the list.

The Dutchman will continue his season at the Emirati race after starting at the Tour de la Provence -where he finished in the fifth overall position. This is part of the rider's calendar for the current season that will have the Giro d'Italia as one of his main objectives.

"The UAE Tour offers a mixed parcours and opportunities throughout the week," said Luke Roberts, Sunweb's coach. "There are four stages which should be for the pure sprinters, two mountain-top finishes on Jebel Hafeet and the punchy Hatta Dam finish on stage two. We have Wilco here as our leader for the GC and we will target a good result with him for the overall. The other six guys are all back from Australia where we put some good work in and made progress.

"We saw the result of that good work at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where we took three stages and the overall win with Jai. Jai is still in good shape to help support Wilco deep into the mountain stages, with Rob and Florian riding in support too. After his first win for us in Australia, Alberto will look to continue his good form and go for his first WorldTour podium, with Asbjørn and Max setting him up for the finales."

Team Sunweb's line-up for the UAE Tour (February 23-29):

Asbjørn Kragh Andersen
Alberto Dainese
Jai Hindley
Max Kanter
Wilco Kelderman
Robert Power
Florian Stork