Serre-Chevalier – France – wielrennen – cycling – cyclisme – radsport – Michael James MATTHEWS (Australia / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 – stage 17 from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, 183.00 km – foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tom Dumoulin will lead Team Sunweb at the Tour de France. The 2017 Giro d’Italia winner finished 2nd in this year’s Giro, but the 27 year old won’t be putting pressure on himself to win The Tour as recent history shows it’s hard to back up from the Giro. He will use it as a learning guide.

Tour de France coach Tom Veelers (NED) said: “With the ambitions we have at the Tour we’ve selected the strongest possible configuration of qualities and riders. 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.

“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.”

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Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Laurens Ten Dam (NED)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Edward Theuns (BEL)