Development Team Sunweb recruit talents Pavel Bittner and Pepijn Reinderink

Rider Announcements

Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the signing of two young talented riders, Pavel Bittner and Pepijn Reinderink, to their Development program from 2021 with both riding in the team’s colours until the end of 2022.

Pavel Bittner (CZE)

After slowly building into his first year as a junior in 2019 with solid results in his opening races, Bittner took a step forward in the month of June at the LVM Saarland Trofeo where he picked up two impressive stage wins in the last two days of racing. Carrying that momentum through to his national championships he came second in the time trial and won the road race. 2020 has seen Bittner start his season restart in great form, winning two stages and the GC by a comfortable margin at a junior race in his native Czechia, before imitating last year’s results at nationals. Showing his prowess as a strong rider with a fast finish, Bittner claimed a silver medal in the European championships road race against some of the best riders in his age category.

Bittner said: “I’m really happy because this is a massive opportunity for me. I really like Team Sunweb’s approach. Their Development program has helped many of today’s WorldTour riders reach their potential. My dream is to become a professional cyclist one day and I know that Team Sunweb’s Development program is the best way to do that. I’m also still a student in my home country, the Czech Republic, and it’s great that the team can help me with being able to complete my studies while also being a high-level cyclist; that’s important to me.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Pavel is a pretty complete rider; he can climb quite well and he packs a fast finish. He’s a classics style sprinter who can make it to the finish after a hard day in the saddle and be able to compete for a good result in the sprint finish. Pavel has started the season restart in great form and has picked up a series of good results, which shows that he is willing to put the hard work in during training. In the tests we’ve done with him his numbers on the bike have been very impressive and we’ll aim to continue to develop him as a rider and see where his talents take him.”

Pepijn Reinderink (NED)

A punchy rider who can go well on the short climbs, Reinderink had a successful first year in the junior ranks in 2019 where he claimed a stage win at the Ain Bugey Valromey Tour. Alongside that victory, he produced several impressive performances throughout the season, finishing in fifth place on GC at the famously tough Oberösterreich Juniorenrundfahrt and third at the hilly La Philippe Gilbert juniors. Reinderink started 2020 on the front foot, finishing in second place behind his teammate at Kuurne-Brussles-Kuurne, highlighting his versatility.

Reinderink said: “Team Sunweb is a highly regarded team and one that I have always dreamed of riding for. I like their way of working and I think I can develop myself really well with them. I think teamwork is one of the most important things and that is something Team Sunweb really focus on. The vision and the story behind the team also appealed to me; developing riders as an individual and as a collective is the number one priority. I’m really looking forward to the coming years with Development Team Sunweb.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna said: “Pepijn is one of the biggest young Dutch talents in the junior category, He’s a good climber, is quite punchy and can hold his own on the longer ascents too. Tactically, Pepijn is also a very smart rider which is an impressive quality for someone of his age, and he knows what to do at certain moments during races. In the coming years we want to continue his development and build on that talent that he has shown, focusing on his progress as a rider.”