Sittard, the Netherlands
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Ben Katerberg


Once a soccer player, Ben first jumped on a bike to try something new at the end of the season. The immediate feelings of freedom and ability to explore the world made Ben realise “bike riding was something I could do”.

After finding his way in Canada, he has signed for Team Sunweb’s Development program, a process he said was “unreal”.

“I was hoping to sign for a continental team this season but could only dream of going into a team at this high level. I am so grateful and can’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. I am over the moon excited for this.

“The core values and philosophy behind Team Sunweb is so exciting. It’s a pretty unique mixture of development and performance – the perfect environment for entering my first year in this sport. There are a lot of people to follow who really know the way.”

Ben was crowned national junior road race champion in 2018, a race he said was won with the head as much as the legs as he raced really tactically. He was also crowned the junior national time trial champion, performances that caught the eye of the team.

Upbeat, outgoing and sociable, Ben is always looking for the positives in life and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. Motivated by the personal satisfaction of a job well done, the 18-year-old is already focused on preparing in the best way possible for 2019, as well as a new life racing and training in Europe.

“I want to learn from the other guys in the team, get some good results myself and help the team out in whatever way I can. If that’s bottles, or lead-outs, I am happy to do that. Personal results and team results – it’s one and the same.”

Off the bike, Ben loves coffee and cooking food, and spending time with friends and family.


1 Road Race National Championships Canada MJ
1 ITT National Championships Canada MJ
2 Individual Time Trial Tour de Gironde International
2 Stage 3 (ITT) Tour de l'Abitibi - Coupe des Nations Junior
7 Points Classification Tour de Gironde International
6 Youth Classification Tour de l'Abitibi - Coupe des Nations Junior
9 Stage 3 (ITT) Tour de l'Abitibi - Coupe des Nations Junior
15 Coupe des Nations Junior Tour de l'Abitibi
22 Stage 5 Tour de l'Abitibi - Coupe des Nations Junior
42 Points Classification Tour de l'Abitibi - Coupe des Nations Junior