Roy Curvers retires from professional peloton, makes transition to coaching staff

Roy's retirement

Team Sunweb’s Roy Curvers is to hang up his wheels after this weekend’s Paris-Tours, retiring from the professional peloton after a stellar 12 year career with the team.

The rider from Haelen has been with the team since turning professional back in 2008 and has been part of the team’s many successes throughout the years. Curvers’ took his only career win at a tough edition of Halle-Ingooigem in 2011, where he launched a perfectly timed attack in the finale after being part of a strong group that got clear in the last ten kilometres of the race.

A strong one-day racer and sprinter, Curvers evolved throughout his career into an important lead out rider and one of the best road captains in the peloton; proving himself to be an integral part of the team. Under his tutelage, the team wrote in their history books, taking their first ever Grand Tour stage win at the 2011 Vuelta a España and Monument wins in 2015 at both Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix. Curvers was part of many more successes, contributing to over 70 wins and countless memories with the team throughout his career.

Despite taking a step back from racing, Curvers will stay close to home as he takes up a role within the team as a coach, utilising his years of experience to work with Team Sunweb. Looking ahead, Curvers is excited about the new direction that his career is taking and is happy to stay within the team that he has been with since 2008.

“I’m of course sad that my racing career comes to an end, but I’m really happy that my journey with Team Sunweb does not finish here and that I can remain in the world of cycling,” expressed Curvers. “We’ve had a lot of nice memories together and I was part of the team’s first Grand Tour and Monument wins, which was really special. I’ve stayed with the team my whole career and that’s because we have continuously managed to find new challenges and once I decided I was going to retire, we came up with another nice new challenge. I’m really looking forward to beginning my time as a coach with the team and helping our young guys progress through their careers.”

Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink added: “Roy has been with the team since the start of his professional career and together we have shared many good memories, victories and successes. He’s grown into one of the most well-respected men of the peloton and is a real credit to the team. We’re really pleased to continue working with him as he makes the transition to become part of our coaching staff. Roy has been one of the key riders of our sprint train over the years and as we look to be up there with the best once again, his insight and experience will be invaluable in coaching our young riders to become just that. We’re thankful for all of Roy’s hard work and dedication over the years, and really happy to keep him within our family.”