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Team Sunweb recruit Oscar Onley and Henri Vandenabeele, and extend with Tim Naberman

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Team Sunweb are excited to announce the signing of Oscar Onley and Henri Vandenabeele, plus the extension of Tim Naberman for the 2021 season. Onley will ride with the Development program until the end of 2022, Vandenabeele will spend 2021 with the Development program before making the step up to the Men’s program in 2022 and 2023, while Naberman extends with the Development program in 2021.

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Oscar Onley (GBR)
Hailing from Scotland, in his first year as a junior Onley picked up a string of solid top ten results on the British domestic scene but also overseas in France. He followed up seventh place on GC at the Ain Bugey Valromey Tour with eighth in Aubel-Thimister-Staevlot and as the best first-year junior at the Chrono des Nations time trial, where he showed his power over the mostly flat course. Racing has been sparse for Onley in 2020 but he recently caught the attention of many with his win at Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc cycle sportive, a mountain time trial that took place on the same course as the final stage of the elite men’s race of the same name. Onley’s time on the mountain would have placed him in 11th place on the stage if he took part in the race, highlighting his future potential on the longer ascents.

Onley said: “One of my main motivations to join Development Team Sunweb is that it will be the best environment for me to develop into a well-rounded rider on and off the bike. I chose Team Sunweb due to their forward way of thinking around technology and always striving for the best in everything they do. I’m looking forward to learning from all the experts on the team as well as my teammates in the different races we do. My main goal for the coming year is to learn how these races work and hopefully confirm what type of rider I can become in the future.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna said: “Oscar had some solid results in his opening year as a junior but it was his recent climbing TT success at the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc that really showed his talents. We see him as a climber and TT specialist, and we want to help develop him towards those qualities. There is still quite a lot of room for progress and we’ll aim to get the best out of him with our team of coaches and experts.”

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Henri Vandenabeele (BEL)

A talented Belgian climber, Vandenabeele had some good results in his junior career and opening season as an U23 in 2019 but his most impressive results have been in 2020 where he has been one of the revelations of the season. As a second-year U23 he started the season off well with a good showing at Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc before a fantastic ride at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia saw him pick up a well-earned second place on GC alongside two-stage podium places. Proving that result was more than just a flash in the pan, Vandenabeele followed it up with a stage win and second overall at Ronde de l’Isard just two weeks later – highlighting his potential ability as a stage racer and climber in the future.

Vandenabeele said: “I’m extremely happy to join Team Sunweb. I chose this team because their Development program has a really good reputation. I want to do another year as an U23 before fulfilling my dream of becoming a pro. I’ve had a good year despite the circumstances and the aim is to build on these positive results next season. Developing in the bigger stage races will be my biggest goal as well as learning as much as possible from racing with the pros.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Henri has shown himself to be one of the best U23 riders this year, winning some big races and producing really strong GC results. We see him as a talented climber and stage racer for the future. Henri will join the WorldTour in 2022 and I think that itself shows how much we believe in him as a rider. Together with our experts and coaches, we’ll work on his continued and steady development, both next year and the following year, to help him reach the best of his abilities.”

Tim Naberman (NED)

Naberman has been with Team Sunweb’s Development program since 2019 and has steadily progressed each year on the bike, showing himself to the fore in the classics and tough races. A rider with a big engine, Naberman is also an important part of the team; whether that be helping to set up a sprinter or equally positioning the climbers before a final ascent. It’s not only on the bike that Naberman has impressed, it is work ethic off the bike too that stands out, always giving his all and committing to the team fully – helping to lead some of the new riders while at our Keep Challenging Centre in Sittard and proving himself to be a good captain.

Naberman said: “I really feel at home here and I’m happy with the faith the team has put in me. In my second year with the team, I have developed not only as an individual but also as a team player. I have really enjoyed being named road captain in most races, a role which I have had the privilege to experience already last season and hope to improve upon next year. The team has also given me the opportunity to go on the attack and show my own capabilities. I’m really looking forward to my last year as an U23. My progress has been really encouraging so far and I believe that we can achieve great things together.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Every year Tim makes a step forward in his development with us, continually getting stronger. He’s also one of the main captains within our Development program and is important for our way of working within the team; helping to guide the rest of the guys. That’s both with good leadership during the races while on the bike but also off the bike too, whether that be at our Keep Challenging Center in Sittard or during our dedicated focus weeks. Hopefully, he can continue his development with us next year.”