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Team Sunweb[1] (UCI team code: SUN) is a professional German cycling team at UCI WorldTeam level. The team is managed by Iwan Spekenbrink and uses Cervélo bicycles.

Team Sunweb
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Team information
UCI codeSUN
RegisteredNetherlands (2005–2014)
Germany (2015–)
Founded2005 (2005)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI Professional Continental (2005–2012)
UCI WorldTeam (2013–)
BicyclesColnago (2005)
Koga (2006–2011)
Felt (2012)
Giant (2013–2018)
Cervélo (2019–)
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerIwan Spekenbrink
Team name history
2005
2006–2011
2012
2012–2013
2014
2015–2016
2017–
Shimano–Memory Corp
Skil Shimano
Project 1t4i
Argos–Shimano
Giant–Shimano
Team Giant–Alpecin
Team Sunweb
Team Sunweb (men's team) jersey
Jersey
Current season

HistoryEdit

Team Sunweb was founded in 2005 under the name "Shimano-Memory Corp", sponsored by Skil and Shimano, and was based in the Netherlands.[2] Thanks to aggressive strategies during Paris–Nice in 2008 and 2009, the team was awarded a wildcard for the 2009 Tour de France, making it their first appearance in a Grand Tour.

After losing its sponsors at the end of 2011, the team adopted the name "Project 1T4i", standing for "team spirit, inspiration, integrity, improvement and innovation",[3] until a new sponsor was secured. Ahead of the Tour of Flanders on 1 April 2012, the team became Argos-Shimano following the announcement of a three-year naming rights contract with the Argos North Sea Group, an oil company based in the Netherlands.[4][5]

In 2012, the team received their second wildcard invitation to the 2012 Tour de France, along with three French-registered teams: Cofidis, Team Europcar and Saur–Sojasun.[6]

In December 2012 it was announced that the team would compete at the World Tour level for the 2013 season.[7]

In September 2014 German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin announced that they would co-sponsor the team alongside Giant for the 2015 season.[8] In December 2014 Sunweb (a Dutch-owned international tour operator) was announced as a new major sponsor of the team, signing a 2-year deal.[9]

On 23 January 2016 during training in Spain, six members of the team (John Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam) were hit by a car that was driven into the on-coming traffic. All riders were in stable condition.[10] On the first rest day of the 2016 Tour de France, the team announced that Sunweb would become a named sponsor of the team for the 2017 season, and the team would move their registration from the Netherlands to Germany.[2][11] In 2017, Team Sunweb won its first Grand Tour: the 2017 Giro d'Italia with Tom Dumoulin. At the 2017 Tour de France, the team won four stages and two major jerseys: Warren Barguil won the Mountains classification and Combativity Award while reaching 10th overall, and Michael Matthews won the Points classification.

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 March 2019.[12][13]
Rider Date of birth
  Nikias Arndt (GER) (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 27)
  Jan Bakelants (BEL) (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 33)
  Cees Bol (NED) (1995-07-27) 27 July 1995 (age 24)
  Roy Curvers (NED) (1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 39)
  Tom Dumoulin (NED) (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 28)
  Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 34)
  Chad Haga (USA) (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 31)
  Chris Hamilton (AUS) (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 24)
  Jai Hindley (AUS) (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 23)
  Marc Hirschi (SUI) (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 21)
  Lennard Kämna (GER) (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 23)
  Max Kanter (GER) (1997-10-22) 22 October 1997 (age 22)
  Wilco Kelderman (NED) (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 28)
Rider Date of birth
  Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (DEN) (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 27)
  Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN) (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 25)
  Michael Matthews (AUS) (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 29)
  Joris Nieuwenhuis (NED) (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 23)
  Sam Oomen (NED) (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 24)
  Casper Pedersen (DEN) (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 23)
  Robert Power (AUS) (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 24)
  Nicolas Roche (IRL) (1984-07-03) 3 July 1984 (age 35)
  Michael Storer (AUS) (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22)
  Florian Stork (GER) (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 22)
  Martijn Tusveld (NED) (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 26)
  Louis Vervaeke (BEL) (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 26)
  Max Walscheid (GER) (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 26)

Major winsEdit

National and world championsEdit

2005
  Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2008
  Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2012
  Japan Road Race, Yukihiro Doi
2014
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2015
  Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
2016
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2017
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
  Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
  Dutch Road Race, Ramon Sinkeldam
  World Team Time Trial
  World Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Team Giant - Alpecin 2015". procyclingstats.com.
  2. ^ a b "Profil of TEAM SUNWEB - Tour de France 2018". www.letour.fr. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  3. ^ Sam Dansie. "1T4I unveils young squad with big ambition". Cyclingnews.com.
  4. ^ "1t4i-ploeg heet vanaf zondag Argos-Shimano" [1T4i-team is called Argos-Shimano from next Sunday on]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ Benson, Daniel (30 March 2012). "Argos-Shimano cycling team presented in Rotterdam". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Argos-Shimano receives Tour de France wildcard invitation". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Argos-Shimano Team celebrates its new WorldTour license". CyclingNews. Future Publishing Limited. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "German shampoo maker Alpecin to sponsor Giant". VeloNews. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  9. ^ Cycling News. "Sunweb signs two-year deal with Giant-Alpecin". Cyclingnews.com.
  10. ^ "John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil among six Giant-Alpecin cyclists hospitalised after being hit by a car". Irish Independent. 23 January 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/giant-alpecin-confirm-sunweb-as-new-title-sponsor/
  12. ^ "Team Sunweb confirm 2019 men's and women's rosters". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Stork joins Team Sunweb WorldTour team". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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