Cervinia – Itali‘ – wielrennen – cycling – cyclisme – radsport – Sam Oomen (NED – Team Sunweb) – Tom Dumoulin (NED – Team Sunweb) – Christopher Froome (GBR – Team Sky) pictured during the 101st Giro dÕItalia 2018 – stage 20 from Susa to Cervinia (214 KM) – photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

After a valiant effort, Team Sunweb have secured two top 10 placings in the general classification at the Giro d’Italia, as Tom Dumoulin finishes 2nd and Sam Oomen finishes 9th. An eight-man relentless ride over the 21 stages sees the German team take their second consecutive podium finish at the Giro d’Italia in as many years.

Dumoulin said: “I am super proud of myself and the team. We’ve got a superb three weeks behind us and we tried everything that we could to take the win. This is by far the heaviest Grand Tour I have ever raced so I can definitely live with my second place. I’m really happy; we did everything well, the team work was great and I’m very thankful for everything that the guys did for me. We rode brilliantly over these three weeks and I’m super proud of what we have achieved. We couldn’t have done anything differently so we can leave being really happy with second overall.”

Oomen said: “I’m proud of myself, proud of the team and proud of Tom. I had the job to be deep in the final with Tom so that automatically caused me to be up there in the GC. After my work with Tom I rode my own pace to the finish which meant that I was in the top 15, that’s what I had expected to achieve here. This last week was amazing and I managed to jump up into the top 10 which is really incredible for me, alongside Tom’s place on the podium.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “We came with the confidence that we could fight for the podium and we leave with just that, so we can be very proud of what we have achieved here. The team have had a fantastic three weeks and it’s been a great experience for us to be the defending team for the first time in our history. The work that we saw from each of the guys was fantastic, and the dedication to our shared goal was untold, both with riders as well as staff. Taking two top 10 finishes in a Grand Tour is a brilliant result, and although we would have liked the win, we leave Rome feeling super proud of what we have achieved in Italy.”