With Florian Stork joining two-time U23 German road race champion Max Kanter, former U23 world CX champion Joris Nieuwenhuis and U23 world champion Marc Hirschi, Development Team Sunweb have successfully delivered their fourth rider to the WorldTour ranks.
Since its establishment in January 2017, Development Team Sunweb’s fundamental goal has been to prepare talented riders for a career in the WorldTour. Holding a strong focus on German talents, their ultimate aim is to grow the next German GC contender, whilst contributing through grassroots development towards the future of the sport in Germany. A four-rider success rate after just two years on the road demonstrates the program’s forte in providing a very solid environment for young riders to lay the foundations required for a career in the WorldTour.
Team Sunweb’s path for grassroots progression is based upon a three-tier developmental pyramid. At its core are the annual Deutsche Talent Tage which function as a scouting tool to track, identify and test gifted young riders, followed by a high-end Development program with access to all knowledge, resources and expertise from the WorldTour and at the top, the WorldTour program.
This unique development structure also offers young talents a place to live in the Keep Challenging Center, a campus located in Limburg’s Euregio region. The KCC combines a living environment and high-end support system to optimise athlete development, cooperation and ultimately progress cycling into a true team sport. Whilst living at the KCC focus also is put to rider’s education, ensuring young athletes are given the tools needed for their life outside of cycling. With the Center fully operational from April 2019, Team Sunweb look forward with pride and ambition, to delivering even more talents to the WorldTour in the future.