Lorena Wiebes signs with Sunweb: I’m really motivated to continue my development as a rider
Jun 02 2020 04:10 am CET

Lorena Wiebes signs with Sunweb: I’m really motivated to continue my development as a rider
Lorena Wiebes signs with Sunweb: I’m really motivated to continue my development as a rider
Photo of Lorena Wiebes © Team Sunweb | Vincent Riemersma

Dutch national champion Lorena Wiebes will be joining Team Sunweb from the first of June and with a four-year contract.

The end of the 2019 season and the start of 2020 were not good for the sprinter as her old team Parkhotel Valkenburg was refusing to let her go. The Dutchwoman wanted to take a step up in her career and tried everything possible to split amicably with the formation -with which she had a contract until 2021.

In 2019, Wiebes had a very successful year in which she took victories at the Tour of Chongming Island, the EPZ Omloop van Borsele, the Spar Flanders Diamond Tour, the Danilith Nokere Koerse, the road race of the Netherlands national championships and the European Games -she also finished the year at the top of the UCI individual ranking. All of these made her crave for a better team that gives her better support in her goals and her threats of not riding at all in 2020 have worked.

"I’m really motivated to be a part of Team Sunweb to grow together and continue my development as a rider," explained Wiebes. "This is a very professional top sports environment for me to do that and I’m confident that the people around me will help bring me to the next level.

"I’m looking forward to getting back to racing when it is safe for everyone to do so and making my first appearance for the team. Knowing that day will come keeps me motivated to train during these unusual and challenging times."

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans is very pleased with this signing. "Lorena is one of the most up and coming riders of her generation and she helps take our Women’s program to the next level," he said. "When she made the transition from juniors up to the elite-level she made a huge step in her development and her sprint talents brought her immediate success.

"She’s also continued to make progress in the classics which gives us confidence that she will be a key-rider for us as she develops. Lorena is only 21 years old and will still take time to grow as a rider; we are looking forward to being there to support her in that progression in the coming years."
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