Team Sunweb are pleased to announce that Pernille Mathiesen will join their Women’s WorldTour roster for the upcoming 2018 season, having signed a one-year contract with the team.
Pernille is an up-and-coming talent and at just 19 years old she has already demonstrated her huge potential. This year she placed 4th in the Danish national road race championships and 2nd in the time trial. After these strong results she went on to win the double at the U23 European championships, taking the victory on both the road and in the time trial.
Pernille said: “I joined the team’s German Talent Days twice, once as a junior and then again after I stepped up to elite level, so feel like I already have a good idea of how they work and about the atmosphere in the team. I have always considered Team Sunweb as the dream team, the team that I would absolutely love to ride for so that it’s actually happening is amazing for me. There are so many strong riders that I can learn a lot from and the professional environment is perfect for me to develop into a better rider.”
Speaking of Pernille joining, Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans commented: “We have known Pernille for a few years now after she has attended our German Talent Days on two occasions. After her dominant performance at the Euros we knew that she was ready to make the step into our team. Together we have already identified her strengths and weaknesses, and we have already seen some improvements with these points over the past few months which demonstrates her ability to work to our approach. At just 19 years old we see that she shares similar qualities to Ellen [van Dijk] and in this environment we envisage her continuing in the same successful path as Ellen has done throughout her career. Her strength in time trials is evident and she will play a key role in our spring classics campaign, as well as being a real asset to our lead-out throughout the year.”