Sun Web List For Tour de France, Tom Dumoulin Will Fight Back In July

- Jun 07, 2018 -

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The Sun Web announced on June 6th the 12-man list for the 2018 Tour de France:

 

 Søren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)

 Nikias Arndt (Germany)

 Phil Bauhaus (Germany)

 Roy Curvers (Netherlands)

 Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands)

 Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

 Simon Geschke (Germany)

 Chad Haga (USA)

 Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)

 Michael Matthews (Australia)

 Mike Teunissen (Netherlands)

 Edward Theuns (Belgium)

 

The Sun Web will fight for general classification and ability to sprint in ascent. This is their first time to participate in Tour de France for general classification since it established.

 

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Tom Dumoulin has been sellected as member of the list, which is undoubtedly the focal point of people’s concern. Dumoulin himself said, " I am satisfied with the result of Giro d'Italia, and it is extra reward for me to get any result in Tour de France. My plan is just for Giro d'Italia in the previous time, but the team decides to let me take part in this grand tour now. It is brand-new experience for me to continue taking part in Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, all for total scores." At present time, Dumoulin has resumed training. He will travel with the team to participate in the plateau training in France next week and try to ride the Tour de France.

 

The team stated that it was “participating first” in terms of general classification: “It is definitely more stable to arrange Dumoulin to participate in Vuelta a Espana, but we can learn more by participating in the Tour de France. For participation in the grand tour twice, It will be very painful for us in two and three weeks, but it also provides a lot of valuable experience that will makes more sense in the long run and helps us achieve the goals of the Tour de France in the future."

 

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Although the team has been determined to participate in the general classification competition, the team leader has not yet been confirmed. The arrangement is likely to play team leader for Kelderman. Once Dumoulin off the back, he will try to give a shot at champion of mountain section or ITT. As the current TTT World Champion, the third stage is also the goal of the team.


There will be eight riders in the Tour de France. Kelderman, Andersen, Matthews and Geschke are almost sure to participate in this grand tour. In addition to Dumoulin, Haga, Ten Dam and Curvers also participated in Giro d'Italia this year; especially the two 38-year-old veterans from Netherlands, the physical condition is not optimistic. On the premise of becoming a sprinter for Matthews, only one or two of Arndt, Bauhaus, Teunissen and Theuns can stay. The final list will be determined within two weeks before the grand tour.

 

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