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Team Sunweb unveil 2019 Giro d’Italia line-up

Giro d'Italia

With the Giro d’Italia just around the corner, Team Sunweb confirm the eight-man strong squad that head to Italy to kick off the team’s Grand Tour season.

After a successful past two editions of the race, which saw two podium finishes with both first and second in the general classification, Team Sunweb once again line-up at the Giro with ambitions for the overall classification, selecting a well-rounded group of riders to support their goal.

Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia coach Marc Reef discussed the line-up: “This year we look to replicate our successes of the previous years, heading to Italy with the same ambitions and focus for the overall classification. Everybody has an important and specific role in our plan and we have selected what we believe is the strongest configuration of riders to support our primary season goal; to ultimately get Tom into the best possible position to achieve a solid GC result for the team.

“We bring Chad and Louis to guide Tom through the stage’s early difficulties and our young Australian guns for the tougher days. We’ll benefit from Jan’s experience and quality in the hectic and explosive finals and we have Sam, who we expect to grow into the race to bring support on the key stages that come in week two and three.

“Good training and preparation plans mean that we head to Italy in the best possible condition. The guys have had a good few blocks at altitude and some more racing in their legs over the past couple of days. Now we’re all really looking forward to heading to Bologna to kick off our Grand Tour season on what we hope will be a great note.”

Line-up

Jan Bakelants (BEL)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Chad Haga (USA)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Jai Hindley (AUS)
Sam Oomen (NED)
Robert Power (AUS)
Louis Vervaeke (BEL)

Coaches

Michiel Elijzen (NED)
Marc Reef (NED)
Matt Winston (GBR)