Phil Bauhaus (GER)
Laurens ten Dam (NED)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (NOR)
Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
The confirmation of the participation of Team Sunweb’s first riders came in early January at the team’s launch in Germany, and the team has since explained the different approach they will take for this years race. Looking to explore their GC chances, the team have selected a strong and experienced line-up to chase its goals throughout the race, including riders from its German core who will be crucial to the team’s ambitions for the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia.
Speaking about Team Sunweb’s line-up for the Giro, coach Aike Visbeek explained:
“After a good period of preparation and training, we are feeling super motivated for a great 100th anniversary edition of the race with the line-up that we have selected. We’ve just returned from the team’s high altitude camp in Tenerife and we’ve done video recons to prepare our riders and get familiar with the key sections of the course.
“Phil makes his Grand Tour debut with us at the Giro and we will focus on the development of him getting a free role on the flat sprinter’s stages to go for a stage result. On these stages we will have a common goal to protect Tom [Dumoulin] and also bring Phil into the final in good shape.
“It will be a tough three weeks. For the difficult stages we have Simon, Georg, Sindre and Chad to support Tom, whereas Laurens and Wilco will be the last guys to go through deeper into the finale. Laurens brings a wealth of experience and Wilco has himself achieved a top 10 here in the past. Tom [Stamsnijder] is an engine that can help us out both on the hills and flat.“