Team Sunweb (men's team)

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Team Sunweb
Team Sunweb logo.png
Team information
UCI code SUN
Registered Netherlands (2005–2014)
Germany (2015–)
Founded 2005 (2005)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental (2005–2012)
UCI WorldTeam (2013–)
Bicycles Colnago (2005)
Koga (2006–2011)
Felt (2012)
Giant (2013–)
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Iwan 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

Team Sunweb[1] (UCI team code: SUN) is a professional German cycling team that participates in UCI World Tour events and, when selected, in UCI Continental Circuits races. The team is managed by Iwan Spekenbrink and uses Giant bicycles.

History[edit]

The team has existed since 2005 but Skil previously sponsored a French cycling team, Skil-Sem, from 1984 to 1985, with a similar jersey. 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",[2] 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 independent oil company based in the Netherlands.[3][4]

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.[5]

In December 2012 it was announced that the team would compete at the World Tour level for the 2013 season.[6]

In September 2014 German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin announced that they would co-sponsor the team alongside Giant for the 2015 season.[7] 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.[8] Sunweb also sponsor the cyclocross focussed UCI Continental team – Sunweb-Napoleon Games.

On 23 January 2016, six members of the team (John Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam) while in training in Spain were hit by a car which drove into on-coming traffic. All riders were in stable condition.[9] 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.[10] 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 coming 10th overall, and Michael Matthews won the Points classification.

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Nikias Arndt (GER) (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 25)
 Warren Barguil (FRA) (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 25)
 Phil Bauhaus (GER) (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 23)
 Roy Curvers (NED) (1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 37)
 Bert De Backer (BEL) (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 33)
 Tom Dumoulin (NED) (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 26)
 Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 32)
 Simon Geschke (GER) (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 31)
 Chad Haga (USA) (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 29)
 Chris Hamilton (AUS) (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 22)
 Lennard Hofstede (NED) (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 22)
 Lennard Kämna (GER) (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 21)
 Wilco Kelderman (NED) (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 26)
Rider Date of birth
 Søren Kragh Andersen (DNK) (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 23)
 Sindre Lunke (NOR) (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 24)
 Michael Matthews (AUS) (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 26)
 Sam Oomen (NED) (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 22)
 Georg Preidler (AUT) (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 27)
 Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 28)
 Tom Stamsnijder (NED) (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 32)
 Laurens ten Dam (NED) (1980-11-13) 13 November 1980 (age 36)
 Mike Teunissen (NED) (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 25)
 Albert Timmer (NED) (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 32)
 Zico Waeytens (BEL) (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 25)
 Max Walscheid (GER) (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 24)

Major wins[edit]

National and world champions[edit]

2005
MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2008
MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2012
MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Yukihiro Doi
2014
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2015
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
2016
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2017
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Road Race, Ramon Sinkeldam
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin

References[edit]

  1. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Team Giant - Alpecin 2015". procyclingstats.com. 
  2. ^ Sam Dansie. "1T4I unveils young squad with big ambition". Cyclingnews.com. 
  3. ^ "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. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Benson, Daniel (30 March 2012). "Argos-Shimano cycling team presented in Rotterdam". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Argos-Shimano receives Tour de France wildcard invitation". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Argos-Shimano Team celebrates its new WorldTour license". CyclingNews. Future Publishing Limited. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "German shampoo maker Alpecin to sponsor Giant". VeloNews. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Cycling News. "Sunweb signs two-year deal with Giant-Alpecin". Cyclingnews.com. 
  9. ^ "John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil among six Giant-Alpecin cyclists hospitalised after being hit by a car". Irish Independent. 23 January 2016. 
  10. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/giant-alpecin-confirm-sunweb-as-new-title-sponsor/

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