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With blonde-haired German sprinter Marcel Kittel no longer the face of the team, Giant-Alpecin have changed their focus to the general classification battles in 2016.

With Tom Dumoulin shining – somewhat unexpectedly – at the Vuelta a España and Warren Barguil showing promise with little support at the Tour de France, the German-registered team could find themselves challenging for a number of stage races.

In Dumoulin, the team have a Bradley Wiggins-style contender, who can hang on in the mountains and distance himself in the time trials. Barguil, meanwhile, is more of a pure climber, although his descending leaves something to be desired, as Geraint Thomas will attest.

Of course, Giant won’t be completely ignoring the sprints, with German powerhouse John Degenkolb still on board. He struggled to just one win in 42 Grand Tour stages in 2015, but Degenkolb stormed to victory at both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix for two of the team’s biggest ever wins.