Benoot and Bol will be joined by Nikias Arndt, Søren Kragh Andersen, Jasha Sutterlin, Marc Hirschi, Joris Nieuwenhuis and the experienced Nicholas Roche on the Sunweb 2020 Tour team.
“In width, we have a strong, versatile team with no classification driver,” said Benoot. “Having someone for the GC would take away a lot of opportunity for success. This is a team of freelancers: we will attack and try to break away as often as possible. ”
The Belgian took second place behind Daryl Impey of Mitchelton-Scott on stage 9 in Brioude during last year’s Tour, and will try to do better this year.
“Such transitional stages should suit me best,” he said, “but after Paris-Nice, I also have the confidence to aim for victory on the mountain stages.”
He won stage 6 and finished second overall after Maximilian Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe at Paris-Nice in March, and this confidence should come in handy when looking for opportunities to win the stage.
“I have to take a closer look [at the route], but the opening days in Nice are immediately magnificent, “he said.
A classic every week
Benoot explained that a runner like him would be able to choose the stages to aim for, while keeping something for the races to come after the Tour.
“With a leader, it would be more difficult to take a break in the mountains,” he said. “That way I can also save some energy on some days and save strength for after the Tour, because there will be a Classic every week. ”
Benoot is set to restart his season at Strade Bianche on August 1 – a race he won in 2018 – and hopes to start.
“It will be a short season, but it will also be a long, uninterrupted period,” he said. “Normally, you would never run for 12 weeks at a time.
“I’m also looking forward to racing Liège-Bastogne-Liège (October 4), the Amstel Gold Race (October 10) and the Tour of Flanders (October 18), which will all follow a Grand Tour for the first time. ”
While Benoot and his teammates will continue the stage victories on the Tour, the team seems to have a more targeted approach for the Giro d’Italia, announcing the composition of the Grand Tour of Italy at the same time as his team of the Tour de France, as well as a long list for the Vuelta a España, on Wednesday.
Michael Matthews will travel to the Giro as the team’s main sprinter for more difficult finishes, while Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen will target the GC in Italy.