Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the signing of three top talents from the U23 circuit; Alberto Dainese (ITA), Mark Donovan (GBR) and Thymen Arensman (NED) to their WorldTour program. Dainese joins the team until the end of 2021, with Donovan contracted until the end of 2022, while Arensman joins Team Sunweb in the summer of 2020 until the end of the 2022 season.
One of the most exciting sprinters in the U23 peloton, the 21-year-old Dainese is a rider that can also get over the short and punchy climbs, before battling it out in the fast finishes. Dainese had a strong 2018, taking nine wins throughout the year, along with other strong top ten results such as second place at the Italian national championships. This season the SEG Racing Academy rider has improved yet again and already has an impressive five victories to his name, including a hat-trick of wins at the tricky Tour de Bretagne; highlighting his punchy kick to the line.
Donovan impressed as a junior in 2017 taking three victories, two of which were GC wins. In 2018, Donovan continued to shine as a GC rider in his first year as an U23, leading the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia before ultimately finishing in a very impressive fourth place. Following that, he took seventh at Tour Alsace before a good 11th place overall at the Tour de l’Avenir. Donovan has also proven he is capable of strong results in one-day races, with a series of solid top 15 finishes at races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Ardennaise.
As a junior, Arensman delivered an impressive string of results, finishing in the top ten of all three stage races he competed in. Making the step up to U23 level in 2018, Arensman proved just how versatile a rider he is by taking a strong third place at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs. However, his breakthrough performance came at the Tour de l’Avenir where he finished a superb second overall at the age of just 18.