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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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World number one ranked rider Lorena Wiebes joins Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb sent me this announcement:

Sprint sensation, world number one ranked rider and Dutch champion Lorena Wiebes joins Team Sunweb’s Women’s program from the 1st of June, signing a four year contract with the team until the end of 2024.

Lorena Wiedes

Lorena Wiebes wins the second stage of the 2019 Women's Tour of Yorkshire.

Wiebes burst onto the scene in her opening year as a professional in 2018, impressing many on her way to four UCI level wins. 2019 saw Wiebes continue her meteoric rise as one of the best sprinters in the women’s peloton, taking a phenomenal 15 wins throughout the season; accumulating an already blossoming palmarès. Those remarkable performances catapulted the Dutch road race champion to the top of the UCI world ranking at the end of the year, an incredible achievement for a rider that had just entered their twenties. With age still very much on her side, Wiebes wants to continue her development as a top-level rider with Team Sunweb over the coming years.

“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 added: “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. 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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