Tom Dumoulin passes after the Giro, the Tour de France this year. That made Team Sunweb today officially known.
The Dutch ex-winner of the Giro is in the provisional squad for the Tour. Also our fellow countryman, Edward Theuns has a chance to participate in the Tour of France, just like Michael Matthews, the winner of the green jersey last season.
The other names are: Sören Kragh Andersen, Nikias Arndt, Phil Bauhaus, Roy Curvers, Laurens ten Dam, Simon Geschke, Chad Haga, Wilco Keldermann and Mike Theunissen.
For Dumoulin is his fifth Tour. He drove La Grande Boucle earlier in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Two weeks ago, the Dutchman is still second in the Tour of Italy, he had only the Brit Chris Froome for themselves. Also in the Tour he can Froome encounter, in addition to other favorites like Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved in the Giro,” said Dumoulin. “I consider each result in the Tour as a bonus. My season was now set on the Giro and therefore, the team waited to then to the selection for the Tour to make it known. We choose now for the Tour to attract donít have any gc ambitions and to learn, without a specific result in mind. Two large rounds of driving, is a new experience for me.”
“We are going to the Tour to take a first step towards a higher ambition in the future,” said coach Adriaan Helmantel. “We want to Tom by this process sheds this year, without pressure. Then we can build upon them.”
The Tour begins on 7 July with a ride in line in the Vendée and ends on 29 July, as the tradition prescribes, on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.