Development Team Sunweb’s Nils Eekhoff and Martin Salmon are set to join the team’s WorldTour program as stagiaires for the remainder of the 2019 season. 21-year-old Marten Kooistra also makes the step up for the rest of the year, after an impressive display of strength during the past four seasons riding for SEG Racing Academy.
After being with Team Sunweb’s Development program since it’s inception in 2017, Eekhoff has had an array of strong performances, most notably his 2017 Paris-Roubaix win. Now his second year as a stagiaire, he looks forward to taking another step in his development.
A great talent, Marten has enjoyed various successes on the bike over recent years with standout performances such as a win at the U23 Paris-Tours, 2nd in the GC at Olympia’s Tour and a stage win. This stagiaire role furthers his development as a rider with a lot of potential.
A key support rider, Martin dedicates his strength to the success of Development Team Sunweb. He was proudly part of the squad that brought Max Kanter two German national road race wins, and kept the victory in the team with Leon Heinschke this year.
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert – “Martin has been a part of the Development program since it started. He is a valuable and reliable rider who has contributed to a lot of successful memories. We are happy to give him the opportunity to show his potential in the WorldTour program and believe that this is a good and motivating step for him.”