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De Gendt wins at Romandie, Bronzini in Chongming: Daily News Digest
The lineup which will help Tom Dumoulin to try to successfully defend his Giro d’Italia title has been named, with Team Sunweb making official the eight-man selection for the race.
Dumoulin will be joined by riders ranging between 22 and 38 years of age, namely Chad Haga (USA), Chris Hamilton (Australia), Laurens ten Dam, Lennard Hofstede, Roy Curvers and Sam Oomen (all Netherlands) and Louis Vervaeke (Belgium).
“We go into the 101st Giro with similar targets to last year; looking for a GC result with Tom,” said Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef. “Lining up as defending champions will bring special dynamics into both the team and the race, and we will be prepared for that. Fighting for a GC result is entirely different in comparison to a stage success focus – everybody in the team needs to be completely focused for three weeks in-a-row, which is very demanding for all. We learned a lot from last year and we will bring this experience into the mix for this edition.”
He said that Dumoulin, Oomen and Vervaeke have all been at a training camp in Sierra Nevada to hone their form. “On paper the course is even tougher than last year, with more climbing and fewer time trial kilometres, and we are expecting a really challenging three weeks. Our Giro squad selection is made based on the characteristics of the course with the right balance between talented climbers and our experienced captains. We head to Israel with a strong and confident squad and we look forward to getting the Giro started.”