Team Sunweb are proud to announce two new arrivals to their WorldTour program, as Marc Hirschi (SWI) and Casper Pedersen (DEN) sign three year contracts with the team, until the end of 2021.
Marc Hirschi (SWI)
20 year old Hirschi makes the step up to the WorldTour from Team Sunweb’s Development Program. A fantastic debut year with the team saw him win a stage of the Istrian Spring Trophy, Grand Prix Priessnitz Spa and Tour Alsace, as well as the U23 European road race title and youth jersey win at Tour de l’Ain. The young Swiss talent has impressed on almost every terrain and will benefit from the team’s continual focus on development as he reaches the professional ranks.
Hirschi said: “I have dreamed of being a professional cyclist for so long – this is my childhood dream coming true. I 100 percent believe that Team Sunweb is the best option for me and my development as a rider and I’m super happy to be making this big step in my career. I’m really proud to become a part of the WorldTour program and look forward to the new challenges that it will bring.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef (NED) said: “Marc has shown that he is one of the biggest talents of his generation and we are thankful for the work of the Swiss Cycling Federation and the mutual trust between them, Marc and the team. He has made some very good progress this year in our Development Program and has had a really stable level throughout, with some good results on every terrain, even when riding amongst the professionals. Together we will focus on a smooth transition to the pros and step by step further his development. We are sure that together with our experts and support structure we can bring him to the next level.”
Casper Pedersen (DEN)
The 22 year old makes his WorldTour debut with Team Sunweb, after spending the previous four years riding at continental and pro continental level. Notable performances for the young Dane include the 2017 European road race title, a stage win in the 2017 Tour of Denmark, multiple top 10’s at 4 Jours de Dunkerque as well as the youth classification win. Upon joining Team Sunweb, Pedersen will have the support to develop in the Flemish Classics and the team’s sprint train, whilst focusing on his long-term growth as a rider.
Pedersen said: “I am really happy to sign with Team Sunweb. I’ve been wanting to become a part of this team for years, so it’s truly a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to get to work with a new team of riders and staff and I look forward to continuing my development as a rider and playing a part in what I hope are many successes together.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “We are very happy to have Casper join the team. We have been following him for quite a while now and we believe there is a lot of potential for him in the Flemish Classics and also in our sprint train. He will start in a support role and gradually grow in our way of working from there.”