Team Sunweb are pleased to announce that Roy Curvers has extended his contract with the team. Curvers signs for an additional season following which he will join the team’s coaching staff.
Joining Team Sunweb in 2008, Curvers belongs to the team’s very core. Over the years he has evolved into a road captain’s role, with his extensive knowledge of both the sport and of Team Sunweb’s way of working resulting in Curvers playing a crucial part in many of the team’s successes. An experienced rider, Curvers has completed seven Grand Tours and has been a part of the lead-out train that helped propel Team Sunweb to 16 Grand Tour stage victories. He was also road captain during the team’s two monumental victories at Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix. Throughout his ten years wearing the team’s colours he has become one of the culture-carriers in the team; developing his tactical cycling knowledge and Team Sunweb’s team philosophy and working with young up-and-coming talents; skills that will be valuable after making the step to the team’s coaching staff.
Curvers explained: “This team has grown into one of the best in the world and all of the leaps that we have made as a team have challenged me to develop as a rider and keep me motivated. After being with the team for 10 years, it feels like family to me so I never considered the possibility of leaving as an option. A rider of my age has to start thinking about his future after cycling, and I’m happy that the team has the trust in me and has given me the opportunity to continue to develop after my career on the bike is over. This security gives me peace of mind and makes it easy to fully focus on cycling and to continue to be an important part of the team out on the road during the last part of my career.”
Team Sunweb head coach Rudi Kemna said: “Roy has already been one of our road captains for a number of years and as one of our core riders, he passes much of his experience onto our younger talents helping them to further develop. He is an important part of our classics team and a strong lead-out rider who can make quick, effective tactical decisions when it’s needed during a race. His knowledge and understanding of how the team operates means that he is already considered an extension of our coaching staff on the bike, so he will be a great addition when it is time for him to step off the bike.