Team Sunweb are pleased to announce the contract extensions of two of their Women’s program riders; Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch. Kirchmann will ride in the team’s colours until the end of 2022, while Koch has extended her contract until the end of 2021.
Leah Kirchmann (CAN)
Since moving to the team in 2016, where she finished an impressive eighth place on GC at the Giro Rosa and second overall in the Women’s WorldTour standings, Kirchmann has proved herself to be a versatile rider that can handle a multitude of terrain. Alongside good GC showings she has taken prologue and time trial wins, been an integral member of the team time trial successes including the winning World’s squad, and picked up several top tens and strong results in one-day races on both flat and hilly terrain, such as second place at 2019’s La Course by Le Tour de France. Kirchmann’s all-round abilities make her an important member of the team and she’s more than willing to go all-in to support her teammates.
Franziska Koch (GER)
The talented German youngster has made an impressive start to her career at the elite level after joining the team in August of 2019. Working strongly for the team at WorldTour races such as the Ladies Tour of Norway and GP Plouay, it wasn’t long until Koch got her hands in the air for the team. On a difficult stage four of the Boels Ladies Tour, Koch seized her opportunity by making the late breakaway and playing the finale perfectly, showing a cool head and maturity beyond her years to out-sprint her breakaway companions for the win. Following that up, one week later at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, she would go on to take her first WorldTour level GC top ten finish. Koch began the 2020 season where she left off in 2019, working strongly as a team player on the tough Belgian cobbles to set up Floortje Mackaij for a third place finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.