Team Sunweb expand coaching staff

Michiel Elijzen (NED)

Team Sunweb are pleased to add Michiel Elijzen (NED) to their coaching staff for the 2019 season. A former-pro, Elijzen retired from his career on the bike in 2010 and has spent the past eight years working in various coaching roles across the sport.

Elijzen said: “I’m very happy to be back coaching in the WorldTour and of course I’m honoured to do this in a world class team like Team Sunweb. The way they approach cycling, in a scientific and personal coaching-based way, suits me well and I’m looking forward to being a part of this process in 2019. I hope I can contribute to the continual development of the team, the riders and the staff and make 2019 a huge success.”

Head of coaching, Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We’re really pleased to add Michiel to our coaching staff for the 2019 season. His experience both on and off the bike will be of value to our performance team, and his way of working and straight personality is a great fit to the way in which we work.”

Jelle de Jong (NED)

Another new arrival to the team’s performance staff, Jelle de Jong (NED) joins Team Sunweb as a trainer from 2019. De Jong has a background in Exercise Physiology and will join the team following five years working as a trainer for UCI Continental Team Delta Cycling Rotterdam.

De Jong said: “I am very happy to make the step to Team Sunweb. The structure and philosophy at the team ensures that riders are being challenged and supported in different fields, which allows me to further specialise my skills as a trainer. I look forward to starting my journey with the team, with a focus on the process and the ingredients needed to achieve maximum performance. It will require cooperation and hard work and I am looking forward to starting to work together with the staff and riders.”

Head of coaching, Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “It’s great to have Jelle on board as trainer in the team. He has worked with a scientific approach in the past which of course suits perfectly to us. His extensive knowledge will be a great asset to our riders and the team as a whole, as we look to continue our successes and development in the new year.”