After the unveiling of the 2019 Tour de France route, Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin shares his thoughts.
“It’s a very tough route. Of course more individual time trial kilometres would have been better, so it’s not an ideal course for me, but that was also the case this year. There’s a lot of high climbing (2000+m) with emphasis on the second half of the Tour with the Pyrenees and the Alps to be decisive.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “It looks like a course that is designed for the climbers with few time trial kilometres. Both the early team time trial and the individual time trial in the second part are pretty limited with the gaps that could open up. Looking towards the final week, the mountain stages in the Alps are quite brutal with lots of climbing over 2000 metres, which really tips the scale much more in favour to the climbers. It will be a really tough race decided by those days in the Alps.”