Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the signing of Niklas Märkl to their Development Program from 2018 until the end of 2019.
The addition of the young and talented German boosts the strength of Team Sunweb’s Development Program, whilst expanding its German core further. 18 year old Märkl is a fast all-rounder in his own right; placing third at the European junior road championships, second at the junior world championships, a stage win and the points classification overall at the junior Course de la Paix as well as a bundle of top five placings in the 2017 junior road season.
Märkl said: “It’s a great opportunity to be able to take the next big step in my career and I’m proud to become a part of Team Sunweb. I joined the training camp earlier this year and I immediately knew that it was the right team for me to take the next step with my development. I like the professionalism and the connection to the WorldTour team as a development structure. It’s great that this is a potential way to the WorldTour in the future. First my goal is to get used to the level of racing at U23 and the duration of the races, which is a lot more than the junior races, and I hope to learn a lot from the older riders.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “After meeting and spending some time with Niklas we can see that he is a perfect fit for our Development Program. The first step is to focus on his all-round development and to integrate him into the team’s structure and make the step up to U23 and elite racing.
“Niklas is a strong all-rounder and a good sprinter who has taken some good results at junior level this year. After spending some time with us at a training camp earlier this year we saw that he is a communicative, self-confident rider that has clear goals on the same level as the team.”