This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen has already won Paris-Roubaix once — in the under-23 category in 2014. This year, the 25-year-old Dutchman is gunning for victory in the elite men's race aboard a Giant Defy Advanced SL disc bike.
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Teunissen recently took second at Dwars door Vlaanderen, one of the lead-up races to the cobbled classic Monuments of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.
Teunissen also won the 2013 U23 cyclocross world championship, on a Giant no less, as a member of the Rabobank Development team.
For Paris-Roubaix, Teunissen and several of his Team Sunweb teammates will ride special team issue (read: shorter head-tube version) Defy Advanced SL bikes.
Just like the consumer option, the Defy bike is made with Giant's Advanced SL-grade composite, disc brakes, a D-shaped seatmast for compliance and plenty of clearance for high-volume tires.