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Johannes Fröhlinger retires from professional cycling

Johannes' Retirement

After a career that spanned 13 years, nine of which were with Team Sunweb, Johannes Fröhlinger is set to hang up his wheels this winter, retiring from the professional peloton.

A good all-round rider, Fröhlinger was a dedicated teammate throughout his career, always willing to work for others. He spent his first four professional years with the teams Gerolsteiner and Milram, where he frequently displayed an attacking racing style, showing himself in the breakaways. His biggest successes were a 2nd place in stage five of the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and one year later, during his debut at the Tour de France, he finished third on the mountain top finish in Andorra-Arcalis.

With his growing experience and his biggest quality as a great team player, the coaches of Team Sunweb helped him to develop into the role of a conscientious road captain. Testament to this, Fröhlinger was a part of various successes and memories with the team since 2011, helping the team to over 50 victories. Notably, Fröhlinger was a part of the squads that won the team’s first Grand Tour stage at the 2011 Vuelta a España and the team’s debut in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France in 2013; both landmark moments in the team’s history.

After 13 years on the bike, Fröhlinger will remain a close part of the sport as he pursues a career as a Trainer. First talks have been held for him to make that next step, as he aspires to start his new chapter developing younger riders. Fröhlinger is set to begin an extensive education in this specialist field and does not rule out a return to professional cycling in a trainer’s capacity in the future.

“As a teenager I dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist and I’m really happy to have spent so many years living my dream. I could have never imagined participating in one Grand Tour, but today I look back on 15 three-week-long races, ten of which were at the Vuelta, which is really special,” says Fröhlinger nostalgically. “I’m thankful and proud to look back on my 13-year professional career at the highest level. A special thanks goes to Team Sunweb: I spent the main part of my career over here and shared unforgettable moments.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “We’ve spent a lot of good years with Johannes since he joined the team in 2011. He’s always been a rider that is willing to work in support of others and be there for the team when called upon. He’s been a strong part of the team’s development from where we started until now, using his experience and role within the team to help and guide the younger riders both on and off the bike at races. It’s been a real pleasure to have him within our ranks and he will always be a close friend of the team. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”