Two of 2015's standout riders, Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin, extend their contracts at Giant-Alpecin until 2018

Giant-Alpecin‘s key general classification riders Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin have both signed contract extensions, keeping them with the German team until 2018.

The pair surprised a few people this year by putting in strong performances at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España respectively in teams that were not built to support a GC rider.

Barguil, 23, flirted with the top-10 throughout the Tour de France, eventually finishing 14th, while Dumoulin, 24, was in the Vuelta a España’s red jersey until the penultimate stage, where he lost out to Fabio Aru.

“This year we have seen Tom make a great step forward in his development both as a rider and as a person, which has led to some impressive results already,” said Giant-Alpecin CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. “The way he dealt with his crash at the Tour de France and how he acts as a leader within the team show that he is capable of playing a leadership role.”

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Dumoulin enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014, where he placed highly in several key time trials – including third at the World Championships ITT. He crashed out of the Tour de France on stage three but returned to win two stages of the Vuelta in his unlikely quest for the overall victory.

“I am pleased with how we have worked together so far,” said Dumoulin, who lost 3-52 to Aru on stage 20 of the Vuelta to concede the lead. “We have made great progress every year, and this is one of the reasons to stay with the team. Another important factor is that my growth is paralleling the growth of the team, and it is great to be part of a challenging environment.”