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by Neal Rogers
July 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Groenewegen wins field sprint in Paris as Froome becomes a four-time Tour de France champion; Kline, Rose take Stage 4 criterium wins at Cascade Classic as Mannion, Dragoo retain race lead; De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France; Sunweb celebrates points, KOM jerseys at Tour de France two months after winning Giro d’Italia; Cavendish: ‘My career is over if I don’t let this fracture heal properly’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 21 highlights.
Team Sunweb was celebrating in Paris Sunday, with Warren Barguil and Michael Matthews bringing home two of the Tour de France’s prestigious jerseys, as well as four stage wins and the Super Combativity award. The achievements come two months after Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin won the Giro d’Italia, bringing pink, green, and polka dots to the German squad.
“It’s still so hard to believe what we have achieved,” Barguil said. “It’s been such an amazing Tour de France and I’ve loved every minute of it. The climbs were really tough and it was such a battle to get this jersey. I will enjoy this victory for the rest of my life, it’s a dream come true.”
Matthews, who shared a room with Barguil throughout the race, agreed. “It’s been a rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows,” he said. “The second week was when mine and Warren’s dreams started to come true. We more or less took it in turns with the wins and continued the momentum together, along with the rest of the team. To bring these beautiful jerseys to Paris is really something special and a moment I will remember forever.”
Team Sunweb’s Tour de France coach Aike Visbeek praised the entire team’s efforts. “We are all delighted with the performance from the entire team and so proud of what they have done,” he said. “Everyone has worked so hard and we couldn’t be happier with their performance. From the staff through to the riders, everyone remained calm throughout it all, creating an environment which made it possible to get into this flow. It’s a team performance and we couldn’t have done it without each and every rider.”