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Team Sunweb sign talented duo Tobias Lund Andresen and Gianmarco Garofoli to Development program

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Team Sunweb are excited to announce the signings of talented duo Tobias Lund Andresen and Gianmarco Garofoli for the 2021 season, with both riders contracted with the team until the end of 2022.

Tobias Lund Andresen

Tobias Lund Andresen (DEN)

Bursting onto the scene in 2019, Lund Andresen finished second at Ronde van Vlaanderen behind his teammate, his first ever international junior race. A few weeks later he would go on to take a resounding solo win at E3 Harelbeke, highlighting his strength and power as a future classics rider that has a fast finish. Having not raced in the opening months of 2020, Lund Andresen had an incredible return to racing after lockdown; not finishing lower than seventh place in any stage or race that he competed in during August. Taking a total of twelve wins in 2020, including the Danish junior road race title, all stages and the overall GC win at Visegrad 4 Juniors, plus the junior European madison title on the track, Lund Andresen is looking forward to continuing his development with Team Sunweb.

Andresen said: “I can’t wait to officially join Development Team Sunweb next year. I think that the idea of living near each other as a team at the Keep Challenging Center, is the future within the sport. That was one of the main reasons that made me want to join the team. I think being able to live together with my teammates and having all the support close by, can only strengthen us as a team. Looking at Team Sunweb, I would describe the team as “professional”. They’re a team that supports the riders 100 percent, and have amazing people and facilities which help to create the perfect environment for development. I have no doubts that I will fit in great with the team and I can’t wait to get to know the other riders and race with them next year.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Tobias is an incredible talent, he’s the first rider ever to win every stage and the GC at a Nations Cup race at Visegrad 4 Juniors. In 2019 as a first year he also took great results at Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke and this year he’s confirmed his abilities with more strong results. We see him as a classics rider but also a very versatile and all-round talent as he can compete for results in bunch sprints and has a good TT on him too.”

Gianmarco Garofoli

Gianmarco Garofoli (ITA)

Garofoli had immediate success on the Italian scene in his first year as a junior in 2019, picking up two podiums before taking a win in only his third race. His string of good results continued on home soil, culminating in a very strong solo win at the Italian national championships; an impressive feat for someone in their first year of junior racing. A good rider when the road goes uphill, Garofoli would further show his abilities on the shorter climbs with success at Trofeo Buffoni before finishing fifth in the road race on the incredibly difficult parcours at the World championships in Yorkshire. Like most, 2020 has seen Garofoli’s racing calendar shortened but since the season restart in August he’s tasted success in two Italian races, alongside several podium places including a silver medal in the Italian national time trial.

On joining Development Team Sunweb, Garofoli said: “I am very excited to join Development Team Sunweb next year. I am happy with the trust that the team have given me and I want to show all my worth in the races I do with them. After this difficult year and shorter season, I want to start next year in the best possible way immediately and get good results as a team. I want to grow steadily and improve my physical skills and I know that Development Team Sunweb can give me the right tools to do that and express myself on the bike.”

Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna said: “Gianmarco had an extremely good first year as a junior in 2019, where he took a lot of impressive victories including a fantastic win at the Italian national championships. He’s a good climber that has a big engine and can handle a tough parcours – as he showed with his result in Yorkshire. Gianmarco is also a really smart cyclist and knows how to ride in a finale which is a very good trait to have. We’re not sure yet where his limitations are on the longer climbs are as he’s not had a chance to prove himself yet on that type of course, but with our team of coaches and experts, we’ll develop him to the best of his ability.”