Following extensive talks, Team Sunweb and Clément Betouigt-Suire have decided to part ways. The 19-year-old Frenchman, in his first season riding for Development Team Sunweb, has decided to put a full stop to his 2017 road race season. This decision comes after a sequence of physical discomfort. The team accepts and supports the decision of Clément and will remain in full support.
Clément said: “It hasn’t been an easy period for me and we made this decision together after multiple talks and support from the team. It has been a challenging opening half to the season with some bad luck. I had a heavy crash last year at the juniors Course de la Paix and I did everything to come back quickly to be able to fight for the World Champion title. At the beginning of the 2017 season I had another crash at Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux where an old injury to my collarbone returned and this time I need to listen to my body. In consultation with the medical staff at the team it has been decided that I will have a rest and undergo surgery. It’s a shame to leave such a professional environment, but for now it’s definitely the best decision. I am grateful for the team’s understanding of my feelings and situation and hope that one day our paths will cross again.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert explained: “Clément has had a difficult time with the bad luck he faced. Although it’s often a difficult choice, taking a step back and re-evaluating before taking the next steps forward requires courage and on the long term brings one further. Not only as a rider, but also as a human. After extensive talks, we fully support Clèment’s decision and we sincerely wish him all the best for his future career.”