Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews to lead Sunweb at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 26 2019 05:12 am CET

Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews to lead Sunweb at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews to lead Sunweb at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
(c)Team Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews are ready to lead Sunweb in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Dutchman just returned from altitude training and is prepared to face the calendar leading to the Giro d'Italia.

After starting in the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo, the winner of the 2017 edition of the Corsa Rosa went to do altitude training in Tenerife, Spain, with Jan Bakelants and Robert Power, who are also in the roster of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Now he has returned to face the block of races that lead to the Italian Grand Tour in May.

"The route has changed for this year and without the climb of Saint Nicolas close to the finish we should see a more open race," said Sunweb's coach Aike Visbeek. "The new parcours will mean more riders will fancy their chances of getting a result so the race will be nervous early on, particularly coming onto the climb of Côte de la Redoute. With Michael and Tom, we have two riders who can be in the mix after that climb, once the race has fractured.

"It will be important for the rest of the guys to position them well throughout the day so that they can save as much energy as possible because we expect it to be an attacking finale. Tom, Jan and Robert have just returned from altitude camp so are in good shape to help us go for a top result. We have prepared for different scenarios and ride with an open mind to take the initiative if we see an opportunity."

Team Sunweb's roster for Liege-Bastogne-Liege (28th of April):

Jan Bakelants
Tom Dumoulin
Chris Hamilton
Marc Hirschi
Michael Matthews
Robert Power
Louis Vervaeke




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