Giant-Shimano: Baloise Belgium Tour (2.HC)
Tom Dumoulin (NED) returns to the Baloise Belgium Tour after finishing fifth here last year looking to improve together with a strong Team Giant-Shimano line-up.
Dumoulin will share the leader’s role with Dries Devenyns (BEL) who is racing on home soil for this five-day stage race.
The racing gets underway with a flat 173.6km road stage to decide the first leader of the race and Team Giant-Shimano will be supporting Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE) for this stage and the other sprint opportunities.
The race also includes a 16.7km individual time which could play a large part in deciding the overall result. Dumoulin has already proved his capabilities against the clock this season and will be looking for a strong performance again here.
Team Giant-Shimano coach, Aike Visbeek (NED) told us: “We will go for a good result in the GC with Dries and Tom, and alongside them we have a strong, well rounded team who can challenge for the victory on all stages.
“Roy [Curvers] will be the team’s captain out on the road and he will be helping to guide the team in the different scenarios that present themselves.”
Supporting the stage and overall ambitions at the Baloise Belgium Tour is Brian Bulgac (NED), Chad Haga (USA) who returns from a strong performance in California, and also Cheng Ji (CHN) and Koen De Kort (NED).