Team Sunweb renew contract with Tiesj Benoot until the end of 2022

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After joining Team Sunweb at the start of 2020, Benoot immediately found his feet in the team, impressing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad where he rode strongly to help teammate Søren Kragh Andersen to third place on the day.

It was at Paris-Nice, otherwise known as the Race to the Sun, where Benoot really shone for the first time in the team’s colours. Third on the opening stage after a daring attack, stage six into Apt saw a fantastic team performance with multiple attacks utilising all of the team’s strength. Benoot went on to round off their work perfectly with a magnificent win, crossing the line solo but with the strength of the team behind him. The final day of racing there would see him once again climb with the best, claiming second on the stage, a result that was mirrored in the overall classification – his best ever GC finish in a WorldTour stage race. After just one season and the match between team and rider clear, a new contract until the end of 2022 has been agreed.

“All of the things I expected from the team last year before I joined came true,” explained Benoot. “I’m happy with how things worked at the start of the season and how things continue to go between us – it’s a nice fit. I’m really looking forward to having a more long-term project with the team and that’s why we renewed my contract. It’s also nice to feel that the team has confidence in me and I’m looking forward to continuing to make more nice races and get good results together.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “It’s Tiesj’s first year in the team and we are happy with how things have been going. With such a good fit, we wanted to give ourselves more time to continue working in this way together with additional years to his existing contract. His strong early season results with a stage win at Paris-Nice and second on GC show that we have gelled well together so far. He is a really talented rider and we see his strengths in going for results in the Flemish and Wallonie classics, as part of our strong classics block. On top of this, we want to develop Tiesj and see where his limits are as a GC rider in the future, working with our team of experts on his climbing and TT ability.”