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Team Sunweb extend contracts with Liane Lippert and Floortje Mackaij

Team Sunweb are delighted to extend their contracts with the talented duo of Lippert (GER) and Mackaij (NED) until the end of 2022.

The newly crowned German road race champion, Liane has gone from strength to strength in her development whilst in Team Sunweb’s ranks, securing a GC and stage win at Lotto Belgium Tour, amongst other top GC results through the 2018 season.

 

“To sign until 2022 shows the trust the team has in me, they know my strengths and also where I can improve still,” said Lippert of the extension. “I’m still such a young rider and I want to continue my development to become one of the best riders in the world, I believe this is the best place for me to do that. The team has already given me a leadership role within a race; to get this chance at such a young age is great and again shows their belief in me. I can’t wait for the next years together with Team Sunweb.”

“Liane is one of the rising stars in women’s cycling,” added Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans (NED). “Last year she became German champion, won a four-day stage race and two WorldTour TTT’s. This is very special for a 20-year-old and we believe that the maximum of her potential is not even in sight. With our new Keep Challenging Center in Sittard we will have the opportunity to work closer with Liane, adding great value to the next steps in her development.”

One of the Women’s program’s long-standing members, Mackaij is a true part of the team’s core. As well as being a real team player, 23-year-old Mackaij is more than capable of going for a result herself. In 2018 she took two impressive stage wins at the Tour de Feminin, a win at Omloop van de Westhoek, finished in 2nd place at Le Samyn des Dames and 3rd at Dwars door Vlaanderen.

 

“I’m really happy with my new contract for the upcoming seasons,” said Mackaij of her extension. “I’m very proud to have been a part of the team since I was a junior. Team Sunweb suits perfectly with my personal development and together I want to take the next step up to the top level of women’s cycling.”

Hans Timmermans concluded: “Every year Floortje makes a step forward. She has a bright future ahead of her and I am confident that we will see her more often in the finals of WorldTour races – she was close to that level last year already. At the end of last season she had a lot of bad luck because of a hard crash in training, but here she showed how impressive her mental strength is which is just as important as any physical capability. We’re looking forward to continuing working with Floortje, it will be great to see where her development leads.”