2016 Team Giant-Alpecin Squad Introduced!
7 января 2016
The 2016 Team Giant-Alpecin squad was unveiled Thursday in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. The core of the team from last year returns, with a renewed emphasis on continuing its success at major one-day classics and grand tours.
German rider John Degenkolb, who had a historic 2015 season that saw him win two monumental classics—Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix—celebrated his 27th birthday on the same day as the team introduction.
“With last season’s victories in my pocket, I have a lot of motivation to once again show what I can do,” Degenkolb said. “I have a great team behind me supporting me in the classics and at the Tour de France, and these are again my main goals. I want to be in the best shape possible from San Remo to Roubaix and to get the maximum out of those races, and then target the sprint stages at the Tour, a goal of mine for three seasons now.”
Also returning after a successful season is Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin, who was the revelation of the 2015 Vuelta a España. The first main focus of the year for the 25-year-old will be the Giro d’Italia, the first grand tour of the season.
“I can look back on 2015 with good feelings,” Dumoulin said. “It was kind of a breakthrough season really, even if it didn’t work out exactly as planned. But this opened up new opportunities. For the coming season my main goals will be to target the Giro d’Italia and then the time trial at the Rio Olympics.”
The team’s other main GC rider, Frenchman Warren Barguil, is focused on continuing his development as one of the world’s top young stage racing talents.
“It remains a goal of mine to finish in the top ten of a grand tour, and I will continue to push for this goal this season,” Barguil said.
Each of these riders are symbolic of Team Giant-Alpecin’s mission to develop young talent and give them the support to have successful careers.
“Cycling is such a tough sport, not the kind of sport where you can just pick races to win each time, so from our perspective as a team we have to look at the season as a process,” said team director Iwan Spekenbrink in Berlin. “Key for us in this process is that the world’s best talents are always welcome to our team. From that pool we look for the riders with both the right skill set and also the right personality to fit into the group, fitting naturally with our way of working—our elite sports approach.”
Part of the process involves developing cutting-edge bikes and gear to provide riders with a competitive advantage. Last year, GC riders like Barguil contributed to the development of the new TCR Advanced SL road bike, and Dumoulin helped develop the Trinity Advanced Pro time trial bike. Riders also play a role in Giant gear, helping to refine new products such as the Rev and Rivet helmets before they go to market.
This year’s Team Giant-Alpecin roster consists of 27 riders representing 10 different nationalities. Here’s the full lineup for 2016:
2016 Team Giant-Alpecin roster
Søren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)
Nikias Arndt (Germany)
Warren Barguil (France)
Roy Curvers (The Netherlands)
Bert de Backer (Belgium)
Koen de Kort (The Netherlands)
John Degenkolb (Germany)
Tom Dumoulin (The Netherlands)
Caleb Fairly (USA)
Johannes Frohlinger (Germany)
Simon Geschke (Germany)
Chad Haga (USA)
Cheng Ji (China)
Carter Jones (USA)
Fredrik Ludvigsson (Sweden)
Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)
Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Norway)
Sam Oomen (The Netherlands)
Georg Preidler (Austria)
Ramon Sinkeldam (The Netherlands)
Tom Stamsnijder (The Netherlands)
Laurens ten Dam (The Netherlands)
Albert Timmer (The Netherlands)
Lars van der Haar (The Netherlands)
Tom Veelers (The Netherlands)
Zico Waeytens (Belgium)
Max Walscheid (German)