PARIS (AFP) — American racing outfit Trek-Segafredo unveiled its eight riders for the Tour de France on Friday with Dutch climber Bauke Mollema and German sprinter John Degenkolb top of the bill.
Mollema has twice placed in the Tour de France top 10 and won a key mountain stage in 2017.
“I am proud and honored to lead this team for my eighth Tour de France,” he said on the team’s website. “My preparations have gone well and I am confident I am as ready as possible.”
He was also involved in the Mont Ventoux crash in 2016 where Chris Froome famously ran off up the hill as his bike was broken.
Degenkolb is a powerful one-day racer and former winner of Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo. However, since an unfortunate training crash in 2016, he’s never returned to the form that won him major WorldTour races.
Also of note, U.S.-based Latvian Toms Skujins will make his Tour debut. He won his country’s time trial championships Friday.
“The trust and confidence Trek-Segafredo have put in me makes me really honored to start my first Tour de France,” Skujins, 27, said. “Stoke levels are off the charts for the most famous race in the world where I’ll get to debut my TT Latvian champs’ speedsuit!”
Trek-Segafredo for 2018 Tour de France
Bauke Mollema (Nl)
Julien Bernard (F)
John Degenkolb (G)
Koen De Kort (Nl)
Michael Gogl (A)
Tsgabu Grmay (Eth)
Toms Skujins (LAT)
Jasper Stuyven (BEL)