Team Sunweb

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Team Sunweb
Team data
UCI code SUN
nationality GermanyGermany Germany
License UCI WorldTeam
operator SMS Cycling BV
First season 2005
discipline Street
Wheel manufacturer Cervélo
General manager NetherlandsNetherlands Ivan Spekenbrink
Sportl. ladder NetherlandsNetherlands Rudie Kemna
Name story
Years Surname
January – March 2012
April 2012–2013
Batavus-Bankgiroloterij-Big Star
Batavus-Bankgiroloterij-Big Star-Unigarant
Shimano-Memory Corp
Project 1t4i
Team Argos-Shimano
Team Giant-Shimano
Team Giant-Alpecin
Team Sunweb
Team photo
Team photo Team Sunweb
Team picture 2014 at the Quatre jours de Dunkerque

The team Sunweb is a German cycling team based in the Dutch town of Deventer , which as a UCI World Team is licensed.


The team was created in 2005 through the merger of the Japanese Shimano team with the Dutch bank giroloterij team . It was initially called Shimano-Memory Corp and is based in Deventer . Until the 2014 season, the team drove with a Dutch license.

The team is a member of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC for short; German movement for credible cycling). Until 2010, this team also included a track cycling team.

On September 28, 2011, the manager Iwan Spekenbrink announced that the tool manufacturer Skil would end its commitment as the team's name sponsor, which it began in 2006, at the end of 2011. On March 30, 2012, the team announced the oil and gas company Argos Energies as the new main sponsor, who committed a budget for the next three years. Until then, the team had driven the first races of the 2012 season under the name Project 1t4i (Team Spirit, Inspiration, Integrity, Improvement, Innovation). With the new sponsor, the team applied for a ProTeam license for the UCI World Tour 2012 , but, as the 21st team in a ranking list, failed to meet the athletic qualification criteria. The team was granted a World Tour license for the 2013 to 2016 seasons.

After Argos announced that it would phase out its support for the team, the team should be supported by another main sponsor from 2014 onwards. When the latter also withdrew at the end of 2013, the team's new bike outfitter, Giant , took over the name sponsorship.

At the beginning of the 2015 season, the Bielefeld cosmetics producer Dr. Wolff Group Shimano as the second main sponsor. The team was renamed Team Giant-Alpecin in accordance with the Alpecin brand and received a German license.

The project also includes a women's cycling team that was registered as the UCI Women's Team under the name Skil 1t4i in 2012 , was now called Skil-Argos and in the 2014 seasons had the same name as the men's team. In 2015 the team was named Liv-Plantur .

In 2014, the project also included a junior team that was founded under the name Development Team Giant-Shimano . This team was hired at the end of the 2014 season after the operating company decided to no longer use a junior team for scouting , but rather through “talent days”.

In January 2016, the Germans John Degenkolb and Max Walscheid , the French Warren Barguil , the Dutch Ramon Sinkeldam , the American Chad Haga and the Swede Fredrik Ludvigsson were hit by a car at the training camp in the Spanish province of Alicante . The accident was caused by a 73-year-old British woman who drove on the wrong side of her SUV. Some of the drivers suffered very serious injuries.

The tour operator Sunweb became the new name sponsor in 2017 . In the same year the Sunweb Development Team was founded as a farm team and registered as the UCI Continental Team .

At the end of April 2018, it was announced that, in contrast to the limited-term sponsorship contracts most commonly found in cycling , Sunweb had switched to supporting the team on an unlimited basis with two years' notice at the end of the season.


The team, then called Team Argos-Shimano , is honored in the documentary film Neue Helden - im Herzen der Tour (Nieuwe Helden - In het Hart van de Tour / Clean Spirit - In the Heart of the Tour) by the Dutch filmmaker Dirk Jan Roeleven . The film, which was shot during the Tour de France 2013 , mainly shows the sprinters Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb as well as their helper Tom Veelers , who fell badly in the finish sprint of the 10th stage after contact with Mark Cavendish . The documentation also deals with the goal mentioned by the team management of being successful without doping .

2020 season

Success in the UCI WorldTour

date run driver
March 11 FranceFrance4th stage Paris-Nice ( EZF ) DenmarkDenmark Søren Kragh Andersen
March 13th FranceFrance6th stage Paris-Nice BelgiumBelgium Tiesj Benoot

Success in the UCI ProSeries

date run driver
21st of February PortugalPortugal3rd stage Algarve tour NetherlandsNetherlands Cees Bol

Success in the UCI Continental Circuits

date run Cat. driver
February 5th AustraliaAustralia1st stage Herald Sun Tour 2.1 ItalyItaly Alberto Dainese
February 6th AustraliaAustralia2nd stage Herald Sun Tour 2.1 AustraliaAustralia Jai Hindley
February 8 AustraliaAustralia4th stage Herald Sun Tour 2.1 AustraliaAustralia Jai Hindley
5th-9th February AustraliaAustralia Overall ranking Herald Sun Tour 2.1 AustraliaAustralia Jai Hindley


Wikidata logo S.svgTeam roster
Surname Date of birth country Previous team
Thymen Arensman (Jul 1 - Dec 31) 4th December 1999 NED Netherlands
Nikias Arndt November 18, 1991 GER Germany LKT Team Brandenburg (2012)
Tiesj Benoot March 11, 1994 BEL Belgium Lotto-Soudal (2019)
Cees Bol July 27, 1995 NED Netherlands
Alberto Dainese March 25, 1998 ITA Italy SEG Racing Academy (2019)
Nico Denz February 15, 1994 GER Germany AG2R La Mondiale (2019)
Mark Donovan April 3, 1999 GBR United Kingdom Team Wiggins Le Col (2019)
Nils Eekhoff January 23, 1998 NED Netherlands
Felix Gall February 27, 1998 AUT Austria Development Team Sunweb (2019)
Chad Haga August 26, 1988 United States United States
Chris Hamilton May 18, 1995 OUT Australia
Jai Hindley May 5, 1996 OUT Australia Mitchelton Scott (2017)
Max Kanter October 22, 1997 GER Germany
Marc Hirschi August 24, 1998 SUI Switzerland Development Team Sunweb (2018)
Wilco Kelderman March 25, 1991 NED Netherlands LottoNL-Jumbo (2016)
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen April 9, 1992 THE Denmark Waoo (2018)
Søren Kragh Andersen August 10, 1994 THE Denmark Trefor-Blue Water (2015)
Michael Matthews September 26, 1990 OUT Australia Mitchelton-Scott (2016)
Joris Nieuwenhuis February 11, 1996 NED Netherlands Development Team Sunweb (2018)
Sam Oomen August 15, 1995 NED Netherlands Rabobank Development (2015)
Casper Pedersen March 15, 1996 THE Denmark Aqua Blue Sport (2018)
Robert Power May 11, 1995 OUT Australia Mitchelton-Scott (2018)
Nicolas Roche 3rd July 1984 IRL Ireland BMC Racing Team (2018)
Martin Salmon October 29, 1997 GER Germany
Michael Storer February 28, 1997 OUT Australia
Florian Stork April 27, 1997 GER Germany
Jasha Sütterlin 4th November 1992 GER Germany Movistar (2019)
Martijn Tusveld September 9, 1993 NED Netherlands Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij (2017)
Ilan Van Wilder May 14, 2000 BEL Belgium
Source: UCI

Placements in UCI rankings

UCI America Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2009 - -
2010 - -
2011 37. NetherlandsNetherlands Kenny van Hummel (319.)
2012 29 GermanyGermany Roger Kluge (186th)

UCI Asia Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2005 12. JapanJapan Hidenori Nodera (12th)
2006 2. NetherlandsNetherlands Maarten Tjallingii (5.)
2007 6th JapanJapan Hidenori Nodera (10.)
2008 3. JapanJapan Hidenori Nodera (16.)
2009 18th NetherlandsNetherlands Tom Veelers (54th)
2010 47. China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Jin Long (228.)
2011 11. NetherlandsNetherlands Kenny van Hummel (19.)
2012 18th NetherlandsNetherlands Tom Veelers (34th)

UCI Europe Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2005 44. GermanyGermany Stefan Schumacher (5th)
2006 16. NetherlandsNetherlands Aart Vierhouten (28th)
2007 13. GermanyGermany Paul Martens (40th)
2008 34. GermanyGermany Robert Wagner (53.)
2009 6th NetherlandsNetherlands Kenny van Hummel (2nd)
2010 10. NetherlandsNetherlands Kenny van Hummel (16.)
2011 2. GermanyGermany Marcel Kittel (4th)
2012 2. GermanyGermany John Degenkolb (1st)

UCI Oceania Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2009 21st AustraliaAustralia Mitchell Docker (61st)
2010 - -
2011 - -
2012 8th. GermanyGermany Marcel Kittel (13.)

UCI World Calendar

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2009 26th FranceFrance Jonathan Hivert (118.)
2010 31. BelgiumBelgium Dominique Cornu (156.)

UCI World Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2013 16. GermanyGermany John Degenkolb (41.)
2014 8th. GermanyGermany John Degenkolb (13th)
2015 10. GermanyGermany John Degenkolb (12.)
2016 16. NetherlandsNetherlands Tom Dumoulin (27.)
2017 4th NetherlandsNetherlands Tom Dumoulin (3rd)
2018 9. NetherlandsNetherlands Michael Matthews (7.)

UCI World Ranking

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2019 15th NetherlandsNetherlands Michael Matthews (33.)

Web links

Commons : Team Sunweb  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. of March 8, 2012: GreenEdge joins MPCC, movement wants international sanctioning body introduced
  2. ↑ Oil company Argos new sponsor for Project 1t4i. Retrieved March 31, 2012 .
  3. of September 28, 2011: 1t4i Team to be created from outgoing Skil-Shimano
  4. rad-net of October 5, 2011: UCI publishes list of WorldTour applicants for 2012
  5. of October 25, 2011: Registration of 2012 Teams - evaluation of sporting criterion
  6. For the procedure and criteria of licensing and registration, see here .
  7. ^ Registration of UCI ProTeams for the 2013 season., October 12, 2012, archived from the original on January 16, 2014 ; accessed on October 12, 2012 (English).
  8. from January 14, 2014: Giant-Shimano will celebrate its victories in black and white in the future
  9. a b Alpecin brings WorldTour team to Germany., December 4, 2014, accessed January 2, 2015 .
  10. Alpecin wants to bring cycling back into the German focus., December 5, 2014, accessed January 2, 2015 .
  11. of October 12, 2011: Skil women's team is strengthened for 2012
  12. from October 9, 2013: Jens Lang takes over the sporting management-Argos-Shimano founds a youth team
  13. of October 4, 2014: Giant-Shimano is hiring development team again
  14. ^ Head-on collision with a car - Degenkolb and Walscheid: Further treatment in Germany., January 24, 2016, accessed May 8, 2016 .
  15. 73-year-old British woman was probably on the wrong side of the road - Giant Alpecin accident: car driver released from police custody., January 25, 2016, accessed May 8, 2016 .
  16. German Sunweb racing team competes with three teams in 2017., January 5, 2017, accessed January 11, 2017 .
  17. Sunweb secure long-term future with indefinite sponsorship agreement. In: April 30, 2018, accessed May 30, 2018 .
  18. Sunweb converts sponsorship contract into "unlimited". In: April 30, 2018, accessed May 30, 2018 .
  19. Clean Spirit. Retrieved August 3, 2015 .