Saturday 17 August 2019

Nicholas Roche named in Team Sunweb team for Tour de France

Nicholas Roche, wearing the green points jersey during the Vuelta, will be part of the Team Sunweb team for the upcoming Tour de France
Nicholas Roche, wearing the green points jersey during the Vuelta, will be part of the Team Sunweb team for the upcoming Tour de France

Matt Slater

Nicolas Roche has been given another chance to win his first Tour de France stage after the Irish cyclist was named in Team Sunweb's eight-man line-up for the sport's biggest race.

Roche, who spent two seasons with Team Sky, will turn 35 three days before the three-week epic begins in Brussels on July 6 and it will be his ninth start in the race and 21st grand tour.

But with star Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin injured, the German-based team has been forced to reassess its goals, as it no longer has a realistic shot at the yellow jersey for the overall winner.

This opens the door for Australian sprinter Michael Matthews on the flat stages and Roche, who finished 10th at last week's Tour of Switzerland, and Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman on tougher terrain, while American Chad Haga will also fancy his chances on stage 13's individual time trial after his stage win at the Giro d'Italia.

In a statement on the team's website, coach Aike Visbeek said: "We have been in this situation before when we have had to change from a (general classification) goal to focusing on stage results and I am confident we can do well again."

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