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Team Sunweb change focus to stage wins at Tour de France after GC win at Giro d'Italia

Joseph Delves
21 Jun 2017

Giro winning team unveil riders that will compete at the Tour de France

Team Sunweb have announced their line-up for the Tour de France which starts next Saturday, 1st July. Having scored a General Classification win at the earlier Giro d'Italia, the German WorldTour team’s squad for the race looks to be built around chasing stages.

Tom Dumoulin’s overall win in Italy means he won't be riding and will instead be having some well wearned rest. He's already stated that any appearance at the season's last Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, will not be with the aim of the overall win.

Despite his breakthrough Grand Tour victory, the long standing Sunweb team, previously known as Giant–Alpecin and several other monikers before that, are still one of the smaller WorldTour outfits.

A team composed of all-rounders, Sunweb be looking to attack the Tour de France on multiple fronts. Michael Matthews and lead out man Nikias Arndt will be seeking wins on the flat stages, although they may do better from smaller groups than when fighting it out with the biggest sprint teams.

Laurens ten Dam and Warren Barguil will be on the hunt for stage victories in the hills. The closest the team have to a GC rider is Barguil, so Team Sunweb will look to keep him out of trouble at the head of the race, and don't discount his chances of a top-10 finish overall.

Team Sunweb: Tour de France 2017 line-up

Michael Matthews (Aus)

The Australian sprinter will be looking for wins on the flat stages, although he’ll have to haul himself over some serious climbs if he wants to contest the finale on the Champs-Elysee.

Warren Barguil (Fra)

Having placed 14th overall in his first Tour de France, and a respectable 24th last year, Barguil will likely be hunting mountain stages and will be the team’s GC man.

Laurens ten Dam (Ned)

Having ridden 14 previous Grand Tours, ten Dam is vastly experienced. If he comes into the race with good form he'll be a formidable force within the team and a strong contender for some uphill stage wins.

Mike Teunissen (Ned)

This will be the first Grand Tour for the former World Under-23 Cyclocross Champion. Second at the 2015 RideLondon–Surrey Classic he’ll be looking to get into any breaks.

Simon Geschke (Ger)

Having already ridden the Giro d'Italia in support of eventual winner Tom Dumoulin, Geschke will have some serious miles in his legs.

An all-rounder, with a bias towards the mountains, and a huge favourite with the fans he's sure to have his time on the front end of the race throughout the three weeks.

Roy Curvers (Ned)

At 37-years-old the Dutch rider can call upon vast racing knowledge in his role as the squad’s road captain, the rider responsible for making decisions during the race.

Nikias Arndt (Ger)

The sprint and time trial specialist will chase down breaks for the team and will be a crucial member of the squad’s lead-out train.

Albert Timmer (Ned)

Another rouleur, this will be the 11th Grand Tour in Timmer’s decade long pro career.

Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)

Another Dutch motor to add to Team Sunweb’s extensive lead-out train. This will be the 28-year-old’s fifth Grand Tour.