Team Sunweb’s Bennie Ceulen (NED) is to retire as press officer to the team from the end of 2018. Ceulen has worked with Team Sunweb since it’s Skil-Shimano days in 2009, enjoying a 10-year-long career within their ranks. Previous to working with the team Ceulen was a pro rider himself, and afterwards went on to spend 30 years as a journalist at Limburgs Dagblad and Dagblad De Limburger. Since 1989 he has also been a delegate for ASO in the Netherlands. Over the years, as a journalist and press officer, Ceulen has covered around 50 grand tours.
From their first Grand Tour stage win, Monumental victories at Paris-Roubaix and Milano San-Remo, right through to their three Grand Tour podium finishes; Ceulen has been a part of the team’s growth and successes over the years. Team Sunweb would like to thank Ceulen for all of his hard work and dedication, he will always remain a great friend of the team.
Ceulen, who turns 67 next month, said: “After much deliberation and with much sadness, I have decided to end my career as a press officer with Team Sunweb at the end of this year, not for a new job but to enjoy my retirement. I look back on a great ten years where I watched the team grow from a small pro-continental Team Skil-Shimano, to the WorldTour level as Team Sunweb. It was a truly unforgettable period with numerous highlights such as the team’s first stage win and yellow jersey at the Tour de France with Marcel Kittel, the beautiful victories with John Degenkolb in the Monuments at Milano San-Remo and Paris-Roubaix, Warren Barguil and Michael Matthews polka and green jersey’s and the team’s world titles last year. One of the highlights I won’t forget was of course the Giro victory with Tom Dumoulin. After a great career with some incredible memories, it is now time for me to spend more time with my family, friends and hobbies.”
Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “Bennie has been an invaluable part of the team over the years and has been there through all of the highs and lows. We’re extremely grateful for all he has done for us and we are sad to see him leave.”
Marloes Poelman (NED) added: “We’ve had so many great memories with Bennie. Although he retires, this is something that he loves, so he will always be a part of the team and still active with some background activities. On behalf of all at Team Sunweb I’d like to wish all the best to Bennie for a great retirement and once again thank him for the past 10 years.”