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
Shimano–Memory Corp
Skil Shimano
Project 1t4i
Team Giant–Alpecin
Team Sunweb
Team Sunweb (men's team) 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.


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, six members of the team (John Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam) were hit by a car that drove into on-coming traffic during training in Spain. 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 roster[edit]

As of 4 January 2018.[12][13]
Rider Date of birth
 Nikias Arndt (GER) (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 26)
 Phil Bauhaus (GER) (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 24)
 Roy Curvers (NED) (1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 38)
 Tom Dumoulin (NED) (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 27)
 Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 33)
 Simon Geschke (GER) (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 32)
 Chad Haga (USA) (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 30)
 Chris Hamilton (AUS) (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 23)
 Jai Hindley (AUS) (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 22)
 Lennard Hofstede (NED) (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 23)
 Lennard Kämna (GER) (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 22)
 Wilco Kelderman (NED) (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Søren Kragh Andersen (DNK) (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 24)
 Michael Matthews (AUS) (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 27)
 Sam Oomen (NED) (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 23)
 Tom Stamsnijder (NED) (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 33)
 Michael Storer (AUS) (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 21)
 Laurens ten Dam (NED) (1980-11-13) 13 November 1980 (age 37)
 Mike Teunissen (NED) (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 26)
 Edward Theuns (BEL) (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 27)
 Martijn Tusveld (NED) (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25)
 Louis Vervaeke (BEL) (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 24)
 Max Walscheid (GER) (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 25)

Major wins[edit]

National and world champions[edit]

MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race, Yukihiro Doi
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Road Race, Ramon Sinkeldam
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin


  1. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Team Giant - Alpecin 2015". 
  2. ^ a b "Profil of TEAM SUNWEB - Tour de France 2018". Retrieved 2018-07-30. 
  3. ^ Sam Dansie. "1T4I unveils young squad with big ambition". 
  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". 
  10. ^ "John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil among six Giant-Alpecin cyclists hospitalised after being hit by a car". Irish Independent. 23 January 2016. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Contador and Porte presented at Japan Cup - News shorts". Immediate Media Company. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018. Sunweb confirmed the 2018 line-ups for their elite men's and women's squads as well as their development team on Friday, while announcing one last addition to the latter in Taiwan's Sergio Tu. 
  13. ^ "Timmer retires from professional racing". Immediate Media Company. 10 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 

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