Following a successful debut to the team in 2017 Team Sunweb, Juliette Labous and Liane Lippert have extended their contract until the end of 2020.
Team Sunweb’s women’s program has gone from strength to strength in the 2017 season and has taken some of the calendar’s most prestigious wins with the young duo of Labous and Lippert a key factor to the team’s success. The talented twosome made the step up to a professional level at the beginning of the year and immediately made their mark on the WorldTour scene. Lippert, Germany’s biggest up and coming talent was strong in the Flemish classics and more recently Labous took the win at the Queen stage of Tour de Feminin. Both riders also played a huge part in the team’s general classification victory at the Healthy Ageing Tour. The new agreement means that Team Sunweb can continue to develop the duo for the next three years.
Of the contract extension Labous said: “I am really happy to extend my contract with the team. It’s proof that we want to continue to collaborate and develop together in the long term. In the time that I have already been with the team I have learned so much about professionalism, tactics and physically feel like I have made some improvements. There is a great ambience in the team and everybody brings something different, this has meant that I have been able to learn and improve my capabilities. It was a natural decision to continue working with the team and I am sure that together we can continue to develop and I can make the steps towards being a world class rider.”
Lippert added: “It’s great to extend with the team, in the short time I have already been here it has become clear that I want to progress and continue to learn in such a professional environment. I have already done some amazing races and achieved so much and it’s been great to work together with the team. There is always a great atmosphere and everyone does their job. I am looking forward to continuing developing myself as a rider with the team over the coming years.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Both riders internationally belong to the biggest talents of their age class and this is something that they have consistently shown throughout this year. They are there in the finals of WorldTour races which is really impressive for riders competing in their first year as a professional. We feel like there is still so much for them both to learn and are certain that we can continue to make progress with their development into the riders of the future. Both riders fit in the team and are eager to learn, which makes a great fit all around.”