Team Giant-Alpecin are hugely excited about racing at the Giro d’Italia, as Tom Dumoulin will be making his debut next month aiming for stage victory in one of the time trials. Giro d’Italia starts in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands only a few steps away from the team’s Service Course in Deventer.
“I am really looking forward to the Giro d’Italia this year,” Dumoulin said ahead of the Giro d’Italia. “It will be my first Giro and with the start in The Netherlands it is going to be extra special. I think it is going to be fantastic race to participate in. I will be focusing primarily on the time trials, as they provide a greater opportunity for a stage victory. This season my focus will be more on time trials and general classifications during one-week races, instead of the overall classification in Grand Tours.”
Coach for the Giro d’Italia, Marc Reef said: “It is the first Grand Tour of the season and we will head into the race with a strong and well-rounded team. Our primary target is to go for the stage victories in the time trials with Dumoulin. Secondly, the focus of the team will be on stage success in the sprint stages where in the first week there should be plenty of opportunities for a bunch sprint. Finally, when the stages become more challenging, we will use an offensive strategy and give ourselves and our riders the best chance for a good result.”
For the preparation of the 99th edition of the Italian Grand Tour, Georg Preidler as part of Team Giant-Alpecin’s long-list for the Giro, performed a 120km recon of stage 16 that starts in Bressanone and ends in Andalo. The stage includes the notoriously tough climb of the Passo Della Mendola. Preidler knows what lays ahead in the Giro d’Italia as he climbed to 7th place at the brutal Monte Zoncolan on stage 20 during his first Giro participation in 2014.
He added: “This will be my second participation in the Giro and I’m very excited about it. I find Italy a beautiful country to ride in and I really enjoy the food and of course the great atmosphere created by the fans during the race. The Giro always offers some tough climbing and I hope during the third week I will have some opportunities to go in the breakaways during the in-between stages but also to be able to attack on the mountain top finishes.”