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Tom Dumoulin extends contract with Giant Alpecin

22nd September 2015

Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin is staying with Giant Alpecin next year, and has extended his contract with the team for another two years, reports NOS.nl.  'I feel happy here, and believe that I can develop further. We're making progress each year. My development is happening in parallel with that of the team, and I think it's great to be part of this challenging environment.'

Dumoulin broke through as a Grand Tour rider in 2015, finishing third in the Tour of Switzerland, and holding the leader's jersey for several days of the Vuelta a Espana. He will be joined at Giant Alpecin by fellow countryman Laurens ten Dam (34). Frenchman Warren Barguil also extended his contract with Giant until 2018.

Explaining his decision further, Dumoulin told NOS that he had thought carefully about his future. 'I couldn't think of a good reason to go to another team. I wouldn't know what extra they could offer me compared with my present team.'

Giant Alpecin were regarded as short of climbers to help Dumoulin during the Vuelta 2015. 'That should get better in the coming years, but we're not just going to go out and buy in five new riders. We already have some strong riders, like Laurens ten Dam.' He'll join Simon Geschke and Georg Preidler in riding for Dumoulin in the mountains.

The development of Dumoulin and Barguil as GC riders won't mean that Giant Alpecin abandon sprinting. Dumoulin said, 'Marcel Kittel is leaving the team, but we still have some very strong sprinters.' (They include John Degenkolb, Nikias Arndt, and Ramon Sinkeldam). 'We've worked for years on the formation of a super sprint train. We're really good at it, and it would be waste to throw it away, and take a completely different tack. Sprinters will always remain part of this team.' 

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