This is how Sunweb are lining up for the Tour without Tom Dumoulin

Sunweb will be looking to Michael Matthews for results in Dumoulin's absence

Lennard Kamna and Nicolas Roche on stage nine of the Tour de Suisse 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Although we're only halfway through 2019, it's already been a year to forget for Sunweb, the German team putting all of their eggs in one Tom Dumoulin-shaped basket and having the misfortune of watching them fall out and smash all over the floor.

Following the Dutchman crashing out of the Giro d'Italia early on, the silver lining was that it was potentially an early enough abandonment that he would be able to make it back in time for the Tour de France where he would look to better his second place at last year's race.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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