The plan behind Team Sunweb’s excellent Tour de France is as straightforward as it’s invigorating to see: try to excite.
Devoid of a significant general classification rider after Tom Domoulin’s move to Jumbo-Visma, Sunweb weren’t one of the groups expect to do well during this year’s postponed Tour.
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But evidenced by British sports manager Matt Winston, they’ve come to be the armchair enthusiast’s favourite group, winning two phases by attacking movements.
Marc Hirschi, the little-known Swiss 22-year old, won point 12 and 2 phases later Søren Kragh Andersen made it two successes, the Dane assaulting late to phase 14’s ending in Lyon.
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“To proceed old fashioned and replicate things isn’t what we would like to do. We love to innovate, try new things, consider new possibilities,” Rudi Kemna, staff sports manager, informed Cycling Weekly.
“I have had several years in biking and each time there’s fresh gift. They constantly ask right:’what should I do?’ I state they must prove they could do things. Check out our Tour choice. It is a young group, it is fresh, and we’re a team who wishes to produce riders — that is our passion. We’ve got a group who wish to test.”
Different guises of the identical group have won tons of phases of the Tour, many prolifically throughout the first – and – mid-2010so when Marcel Kittel was in his devastatingly quickest.
Could we compare the eras? “No, since there are distinct qualities and personalities, but one thing is the same: we are always looking at what the chances are,” Kemna explained.
“I’m seeing exactly the exact instructions as of 2013 and 2014 if we won a whole lot. You will find differences however some things stay the same: we wish to be on the offensive”
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Over the phases booked for sprinters, Sunweb have impressed by their well-drilled lead-out for Cees Bol, the 25-year old Dutchman who counts only four specialist wins to his name but currently two areas from the Tour top-three.
Kemna added:”With Cees we’ve got a young sprinter with not too much expertise, but one that works hard. I use him daily so that he’s a fantastic sprint.
“We assess nicely and always aim to do things . It works. I understand it does. It functioned with Marcel nearly 10 years back.
“Sprints are almost always different so that it becomes an issue of how you adapt to them. You will need experience, you require a strategy, you have to understand how to address matters.
“We discuss everything, we’ve got a passion to do things , and that’s evident in this particular group, both among coaches and riders.”