Team Sunweb’s 2019 performance staff updates

With the 2019 season approaching, Team Sunweb are excited to announce the expansion of their performance staff, with two new arrivals to strengthen their coaching team. Alongside the newcomers the team also say goodbye to Tom Veelers (NED), who starts a new chapter and a new challenge.

Matt Winston (GBR)

Matt Winston (GBR) joins Team Sunweb as a coach from the 2019 season. Winston brings 12 years of coaching experience to the team, having worked with British Cycling’s Olympic program and One Pro Cycling team throughout his career. Winston will join Team Sunweb’s performance staff as race coach.

Winston said: “Having linked in with Team Sunweb over the last few years, I am excited to become a part of an organisation that focuses on the development and pathway of each rider and the team. I am looking forward to challenging myself working at WorldTour level and assisting the team in striving to reach our goals.”

Team Sunweb’s head coach Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We’re always looking for new talent both on and off the bike, and after getting to know Matt over the years we believe his experience and skills will be valuable to the team. During our talks we could see that he is a good match to our specific way of working and the knowledge he’s gained through his years working within professional cycling will complement our performance staff.”

Albert Timmer (NED)

Winston is joined by ex-Team Sunweb rider Albert Timmer (NED), who makes the transition to the team’s staff as a tutor at the Keep Challenging Center in Sittard. Timmer belongs to the team’s core and having worn their colours for 11 years, he was a part of multiple stage wins at the Tour de France, as well as the team’s Monumental victories at Milano San-Remo and Paris-Roubaix. His new role in the team will focus on giving workshops and lectures, sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the young athletes of Development Team Sunweb.

Timmer said: “Over the past 11 years as a professional in the team I have really gotten to know how things work; the way of working is really relatable to me and something that suits me really well. I’m looking forward to helping the young riders develop as cyclists and helping them grow to the highest level through my role as tutor. It’s a new challenge I’m excited to get stuck in to.”

Team Sunweb’s head coach Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “Albert has been in the team for such a long time and he’s a real part of our core culture. He knows the team inside and out, so he’s a great fit for our Keep Challenging Center. His new role in the team will revolve around giving workshops and being a mentor to our Development program riders at the Center in Sittard. Our young riders will be able to tap into his extensive knowledge, learning how to win races as a team and how evaluating a race makes you a better rider; the key aspects of being a professional rider. This will be really valuable for our young guys, taking advantage of Albert’s experience as a pro bike rider.”

Tom Veelers (NED)

Alongside these arrivals, Tom Veelers (NED) will leave the team after a stellar 11-year career within their ranks. Veelers turned professional with the team in 2008 and an impressive career saw him take four professional victories, with his strength also propelling teammates to multiple wins, including 12 across the three Grand Tours. After a persistent knee injury forced him to retire in 2016, Veelers enjoyed a career as a coach within the team. He now moves forward with his career to take on a new challenge, which will allow him to spend more time with his wife and young children.

Veelers said: “I’ve had an incredible 11 years with the team; nine years as a rider and two as a coach. In my early years I was able to explore my capabilities and grow as a lead out rider and I’m happy to have contributed to a lot of team successes whilst being a part of the team’s growth. Over the last two years I had an opportunity I couldn’t have dreamed of and it’s been an experience I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, especially my work with the younger riders. It’s a really demanding job and with a young family, I struggled to find a good balance between work and home life; this is the reason I decided to stop and search for a new challenge closer to home. I’m now looking forward to a new role with my future at BikeChallenge. There I will give workshops, mountain bike and race bike clinics and participating in vitality programs for companies.

Head coach at Team Sunweb, Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We’d like to thank Tom for all of his hard work and dedication over the years. Both on and off the bike Tom has played a huge part in the team’s numerous successes and we’re really grateful for all he has done for us. We’re sad to see him go but are equally pleased to see him excited and motivated for a new challenge in a new role, a role in which we’re sure he’ll thrive. We wish Tom all the best with his future; he’ll always be a great friend of the team.”