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Team Sunweb sign Leo Hayter and Vegard Stokke to their Development program

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Team Sunweb are pleased to announce that Leo Hayter and Vegard Stokke will join their Development program next year, with both riders contracted until the end of the 2021 season.

Leo Hayter (GBR)

A talented junior, Hayter has had success both on the track and road. At the European Championships this year he won the team pursuit with the Great Britain national team and took a strong third place in the individual pursuit, showing his ability against the clock. On the road, Hayter has taken two impressive victories at 1.1 UCI level junior races; Omloop van Borsele and Trofee van Vlaanderen. Hayter has also picked up several wins in the United Kingdom, including the overall title at the Junior Men’s Road Series. These results highlight Hayter as a rider who can compete for the win on varied parcours.

“I’m really happy to be joining Team Sunweb’s Development program,” explained Hayter. “After being invited to the talent days earlier in the year, I could see the professional setup the team has and the environment they have to develop young riders. I’m looking forward to working with the team’s experts and learning from the other riders so that I can develop both on and off the bike in the coming years.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “Leo is a rider that has been on our radar since last winter, where he showed his huge potential with his performances on the track. This year he’s transferred his physical qualities to the road and picked up strong results there too. His power numbers are really impressive and we believe he can compete for the win on a lot of different courses. We are confident that Leo can develop into a top-class rider within our Development program.”

Vegard Stokke (NOR)

A strong climber, Stokke tasted success earlier this year at GP Johan Rosseel where he put in a dominating performance, beating the nearest riders by over two minutes. 2019 has seen the Norwegian produce consistent results with several podium and top ten finishes at Nations Cup or 1.1 UCI level junior races throughout the season. Stokke looks to continue his development with the team next year as he makes the step up to U23 racing.

“After participating at the talent days I felt that Team Sunweb’s Development program would be a good match for me,” said Stokke. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the other top riders on the team, learning from them each day to grow as a rider. Training and riding with the team will make every day more fun and I hope that I can achieve my full potential as a rider here.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “Vegard is an incredibly talented rider from Norway. He has already shown some special things but we believe that he has a lot more to give. With a steady winter training block this year, we are confident his level will be even higher than this season. He is a strong climber known for his aggressive racing style and will strengthen our Development program for the next two years.”