'In time we'll conquer the Grand Tours again' say Sunweb

Sunweb riders heading into 2020 must do so without Tom Dumoulin (Image credit: Team Sunweb)

Team Sunweb’s Iwan Spekenbrink is confident that his team can compete for top honors at Grand Tours in future seasons.

Over the last decade, Spekenbrink has transformed his men’s team from a Pro Continental outfit into one of the most stable and successful teams in the current WorldTour. He has also overseen the growth of a women’s programme – which closed 2019 as the second-best team in the world - developed a U23 roster and ensured that the entire organistation confirms to the MPCC guidelines. It’s a portfolio that few other teams can match. However, the loss of Tom Dumoulin to rivals Jumbo-Visma has created a void within the Sunweb ranks ahead of 2020.

Spekenbrink will be hoping that the likes of Michael Matthews can step up and deliver consistent wins but Spekenbrink has also pointed to the raft of young talent that the squad has signed for the future. In total ten riders have joined the team for next year, including Tiesj Benoot, Jasha Sutterlin, and Nico Denz. They have also strengthened with Alberto Dainese, Mark Donovan, Nils Eekhoff, Martin Salmon, and Thymen Aresman. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.