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by Shane Stokes
February 21, 2018
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Set to get his season underway in this week’s Abu Dhabi Tour, Tom Dumoulin will get his first chance in 2018 to wear the rainbow jersey of world time trial champion. The colours of the Team Sunweb rider were unveiled on Tuesday, and Dumoulin will hope that they bring him good luck and strong performances in the WorldTour event and for the rest of the season.
“I am very proud of what I have achieved and to have the opportunity to wear the rainbow jersey for this year is something very special to me,” he said.
Team Sunweb said that it will continue its call “for progression and remain committed to creating a healthy and fair position for riders and their teams.” It said that as riders and teams are those who bring the sport alive for fans, that they deserve “a fair and genuine voice in decision-making and the future economical perspective.” The squad said that it believed that this should be regarded as equal to the interests of the other stakeholders in the sport.
“I fully support the team’s efforts to improve our position as riders and as a team,” said Dumoulin. “The kit looks really great and is balanced, I will certainly wear it with pride this year.” Speaking about this week’s race, he made clear he is pushing for a result. “The Abu Dhabi Tour has a perfect course for me with the time trial and the uphill finish. We came here with a good team, including Wilco Kelderman riding for GC.”
The Abu Dhabi Tour begins on Wednesday with a flat 189 kilometre stage from Madinat Zaya to Adnoc School. The Al Maryah Island time trial is on Saturday and is 12.6 kilometres in length.