Danny van Poppel to become Tour's youngest rider since World War II
Danny van Poppel will become the youngest rider in the Tour since the Second World War.
Last Updated: 20/06/13 3:43pm
Van Poppel does not turn 20 until July 26, less than a week after the race concludes in Paris, and his name is the big surprise on the Dutch team's roster.
Their line-up does not boast a true general classification hope but they will be hopeful of being regular participants in breaks and looking to stage success as their means of staying in the spotlight.
The speedy Boy van Poppel also provides them with a decent candidate to be in the mix on bunch sprint stages and Lieuwe Westra goes into the race buoyed by success in the Dutch National Time-Trial Championship.
Directeur sportif Aart Vierhouten said: "I have witnessed every time that when he rises through the ranks it does not affect him much at all.
"That has proven to be the case now that he's joined the pros where he has already made it up to the podium quite a few times.
"Nineteen is young, but luckily that is not a problem in the Tour today. The young kids they are able to connect, where this was impossible ten years ago."
Team: Kris Boeckmans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Thomas de Gendt, Johnny Hoogerland, Sergey Lagutin, Wout Poels, Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel, Lieuwe Westra.