Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen always looks forward to this time of year. The 25-year-old Dutchman excels in the rough-and-tumble cobblestone spring classics, well-trained from his years of racing elite cyclocross.
Now in his second year with the team, Teunissen knows what it’s like to cross the finish line first in the hallowed grounds of the Roubaix Velodrome. In 2014, he won the Under-23 version of Paris-Roubaix, joining an impressive list of other young winners including Thor Hushovd, Stephen Roche and Taylor Phinney.
Teunissen has a long history with Giant bikes, which he raced throughout his junior development years. In 2013 he won the U23 Cyclocross World Championship riding his TCX Advanced Pro as a member of the Rabobank Development team.
Now that he’s racing in the WorldTour, Teunissen has emerged as one of Team Sunweb’s leaders for the big one-day races of the spring classics. He showed his strength last week with a podium finish at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, and again when he finished in the top-20 at the Tour of Flanders.
For Paris-Roubaix, Teunissen and several of his Team Sunweb teammates will ride special team issue Defy Advanced SL bikes. Crafted with superlight Advanced SL-grade composite, disc-brake integration, and endurance-oriented frame geometry, these bikes offer added comfort and control for tackling the infamous pavé in the Hell of the North.
The D-Fuse integrated seatpost features a D-shaped design that adds compliance and reduces overall weight. And both the frameset and fork offer plenty of clearance for high-volume tires, which also helps smooth out the ride.
Here’s a look at Teunissen’s Defy Advanced SL for Paris-Roubaix:
Frame: Defy Advanced SL, Size M/L
Fork: Advanced SL-grade composite with full composite OverDrive 2 steerer
Stem: Giant Contact SL, 120mm
Handlebar: Giant Contact SL, 420mm
Handlebar tape: Giant Contact cork, black
Front brake: Shimano BR 9170
Rear brake: Shimano BR 9170
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Disc 9170
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9170
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-28T
Chain: Shimano CN 901-1
Crankset: Shimano FC 9100 53/42, 175mm
Pedals: Shimano PD 9100
Front wheel: Giant SLR 42 Disc
Rear wheel: Giant SLR 42 Disc
Tires: Vittoria Corsa 28mm Team
Saddle: Giant Contact SL Forward
Seatpost: Giant Defy Advanced SL ISP
Bottle cages: Giant Airway Composite