Sprint stages main objective of Team Sunweb in Tour Down Under
Jan 08 2018 06:04 pm CET

Sprint stages main objective of Team Sunweb in Tour Down Under
Sprint stages main objective of Team Sunweb in Tour Down Under
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Team Sunweb has announced its roster for the Tour Down Under. The team will focus on sprints and will have one GC possibility at the start of the season.

Sunweb will try to win the stages with fast finishes with the German rider Phil Bauhaus, while Sam Oomen will try to perform on the climbing stages to fight for the General Classification.

"Stage one of the Tour Down Under features the same finish as last year, and once again we can expect a bunch sprint," said Sunweb's coach Luke Roberts. "We can also expect that the third stage down at Victor Harbour will end in a mass sprint; we have Phil (Bauhaus) as our sprinter for the fast stages with Nikias (Arndt) and Mike (Teunissen) as the last men with him into the finish. Phil is in really good shape after a good period of rest and training and we can expect some good results from him.

Oomen will have an open role and will be supported in the climbing stages. "Stage 2 is a key climbing stage, one that's a little bit too difficult for the sprinters," Roberts continued.

"We will explore possibilities with Sam during the race, so this will be a key stage for him. Stage 4 features a new finish that is quite difficult, here we will also need to deliver Sam in a good position. The fifth and final stage at Willunga Hill will be the ultimate decider for the overall standings."

The same roster will also start at the People's Choice Classic.

Team Sunweb's team for the Tour Down Under:

Nikias Arndt
Phil Bauhaus
Chad Haga
Chris Hamilton
Sam Oomen
Michael Storer
Mike Teunissen



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