The Grande Boucle time has come: Bianchi will feature at the 2017 Tour de France, from July 1st to 23rd with Dutch World Tour Team LottoNL-Jumbo. The nine riders in Richard Plugge’s line-up will be equipped with the top models of the Bianchi Countervail family: Oltre XR4, Specialissima, Infinito CV and Aquila CV.
Leading the charge for LottoNL-Jumbo will be Robert Gesink, Dylan Groenewegen and Primoz Roglic. Overall fifth at Tour de France two years ago, Robert Gesink is expected to aim for stage wins in this campaign, while also keeping an eye on GC. Groenewegen, five wins in the season, will be the protected rider for the sprint finishes. Slovenian Roglic is the team's card for the TT races, having established as one of the fastest specialists in the World along with his trusted Bianchi Aquila CV. In the season, Roglic won TTs at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Tour de Romandie and Ster ZLM Toer, as well as the GC at the Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta.
Along with Gesink, Groenewegen and Roglic, the Bianchi-sponsored team will field more standout options in New Zealander George Bennett, the winner of 2017 Amgen Tour California, and Jos van Emden – who conquered the final time trial in Milan at the Giro d’Italia. Dutch Timo Roosen and Tom Leezer and German Paul Martens and Robert Wagner round out the squad.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo's line-up for the 2017 Tour de France: George Bennett, Robert Gesink, Dylan Groenewegen, Tom Leezer, Paul Martens, Primoz Roglic, Timo Roosen, Jos van Emden, Robert Wagner.
TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO'S BIKES
Bianchi supplies the Team LottoNL-Jumbo with four models engineered with Countervail® viscoelastic carbon material: Oltre XR4, designed to maximize the aerodynamic advantage and control; the ultralight Specialissima, perfect for GC riders, extra stiff for increased traction and stability at high speeds, and maximum control on the descents; Infinito CV that provides remarkable control on uneven surfaces and reduces muscular fatigue; the ultimate time trial machine Aquila CV, designed to increase power output and rider's energy, with maximum control with each pedal stroke.