Team Sunweb deliver another young, German talent to the WorldTour as Florian Stork makes the step up from their Development to Men’s program after a successful winter training block.
Joining the team in 2017, 21-year-old Stork has played a crucial support role to Development Team Sunweb’s numerous successes, including a solid 5th in the GC himself at Tour Alsace last year. After demonstrating significant progression, the team are more than confident that the move to the WorldTour is the next logical step in his career.
Alongside U23 German road race champion Max Kanter, 2017 U23 world cyclo-cross champion Joris Nieuwenhuis and U23 world champion Marc Hirschi, Stork will be the fourth rider to make the step up to the WorldTour from Development Team Sunweb.
“I’m really proud to make the step up to professional cycling within the team,” said Florian. “Over the past two years Team Sunweb have given me the opportunity to develop myself and our program really belongs to the world’s best. For me this is really my childhood dream coming true. I’m looking forward to continuing this work with all of the awesome people around me and to challenge myself even further at the highest level of this sport.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “Over the last two years Florian has been an invaluable member of our Development program and it’s been great to watch him grow and progress to the level that he is at now. He’s joined a few WorldTour training camps now and we believe he is ready for the next step with our WorldTour program. To deliver our fourth rider to elite level from our Development program is great and something we are super proud of.”
Stork makes his racing debut at Coppi Bartali at the end of March.