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Team Sunweb extend contracts with Andersen, Mathiesen and Soek

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Team Sunweb are delighted to announce that Susanne Andersen, Pernille Mathiesen and Julia Soek all extend their contracts with the team until the end of 2020, after good performances throughout the season.

Susanne Andersen (NOR)

A talented sprinter, the young Norwegian burst onto the scene in 2017 when she finished in a very impressive seventh place at the World Championships in her home country, at just 19-years-old. Andersen has had a good first season with the team; picking up several top ten results throughout the year. Her most notable result was fifth place at the tough one-day race of Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, in a strong field of world class sprinters. Andersen is also adept as a lead out rider and has proven to be a pivotal team player this season when working for others.

“I’m really happy to stay with the team for another year,” explained Andersen. “Everyone has been very welcoming in my first year and I feel at home here. I get on really well with the girls and I’ve learned a lot from the trainers here. I think I have developed as a rider this season, both when helping in the lead outs or going for the sprints in the finale myself. I want to keep learning from everyone at the team and continue my progression next year; picking up more good results together.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “We knew Susanne was a talented rider when signing for the team and she has continued her development and progression this year. During this season she has become an important support rider in the team and her lead out qualities are exceptional. When she has also had the opportunity to go for sprints herself she has achieved some nice results too. We believe that if she keeps developing as she is, then she will be a rider that will be there for our team consistently deep into race finales.”

Pernille Mathiesen (DEN)

Now in her second year with the team, 2017 U23 European road race and time trial champion Mathiesen has continued to grow and develop as a rider. Originally touted as a time trial specialist, Mathiesen is transforming into a very strong all-round rider with her results this year backing up those abilities. In June she finished with an impressive second place on GC at a tricky edition of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, winning the young rider’s jersey in the process. She then followed that result up with second place at IJsseldelta and at both the Danish road race and time trial championships.

“I am happy to sign with the team for another year,” explained Mathiesen. “It has been a good two years at Team Sunweb, with the right people and experts around me and I am looking forward to continuing to work with everyone. I’ve made a good step up this year and I believe that this team is the right place for me to be so that I can make another step forward next year and keep on developing.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “Pernille has really come forward to show her abilities this year. Pernille is a machine on the bike and this helps the team to ride in a dominant manner. In the past people saw her as a pure time trialist but she is now more of an all-round cyclist. We believe that there is still room for progression and with the mindset that Pernille shows, we are confident that she will make the next step.”

Julia Soek (NED)

Soek has been with the team since 2014 and is an integral part of the team’s successes both on and off the bike. A rider who is devoted to working for others, Soek’s experience is invaluable during the hectic moments in a race. As a road captain the other riders on the team trust her decisions, whether that be positioning for a sprint finale or where to ride in crosswinds. Soek relishes her role within the team and looks to continue to utilise her experience in the coming year, developing as a rider and helping the team to achieve good results on the road.

“I’m super happy to extend my contract for another year, I feel at home in the team,” said Soek. “I like how we work closely together as riders but also with the team’s experts, so that I can still develop as a rider each year. I’m looking forward to being a part of the team next season again and I hope we can achieve great things together.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “Our road captain Julia acts as the glue in the team between all of our riders. She is really important to help guide the processes both inside and outside of a race. Our leaders can trust her fully when she is positioning them in race finales and she also ensures that our young riders feel comfortable within our team; that’s why we’re happy she’s signed with us for her seventh year.”