Team Sunweb (men's team)

For the women's team, see Team Sunweb (women's team).
Team Sunweb
Team information
UCI code TGA
Registered Netherlands (2005–2014)
Germany (2015– )
Founded 2005 (2005)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental (2005–2012)
UCI WorldTeam (2013– )
Bicycles Colnago (2005)
Koga (2006–2011)
Felt (2012)
Giant (2013– )
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Iwan Spekenbrink
Team name history
Shimano–Memory Corp
Skil Shimano
Project 1t4i
Team Giant–Alpecin
Team Sunweb


Team Sunweb[1](UCI Team Code: TGA) is a professional German cycling team that participates in UCI WorldTour events and, when selected, in UCI Continental Circuits races. The team is managed by Iwan Spekenbrink and uses Giant bicycles.


The team has existed since 2005 but Skil previously sponsored a French cycling team, Skil-Sem, from 1984 to 1985, with a similar jersey. Thanks to aggressive strategies during Paris–Nice in 2008 and 2009, the team was awarded a wildcard for the 2009 Tour de France, making it their first appearance in a Grand Tour.

After losing its sponsors at the end of 2011, the team adopted the name "Project 1T4i", standing for "team spirit, inspiration, integrity, improvement and innovation",[2] until a new sponsor was secured. Ahead of the Tour of Flanders on 1 April 2012, the team became Argos-Shimano following the announcement of a three-year naming rights contract with the Argos North Sea Group, an independent oil company based in the Netherlands.[3][4]

In 2012, the team received their second wildcard invitation to the 2012 Tour de France, along with three French-registered teams: Cofidis, Team Europcar and Saur–Sojasun.[5]

In December 2012 it was announced that the team would compete at the World Tour level for the 2013 season.[6]

In September 2014 German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin announced that they would co-sponsor the team alongside Giant for the 2015 season.[7] In December 2014 Sunweb (a Dutch owned international tour operator) was announced as a new major sponsor of the team, signing a 2-year deal.[8] Sunweb also sponsor the cyclocross focussed UCI Continental team – Sunweb-Napoleon Games.

On 23 January 2016, six members of the team (John Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam) while in training in Spain were hit by a car which drove into on-coming traffic. All riders were in stable condition.[9] On the first rest day of the 2016 Tour de France, the team announced that Sunweb would become a named sponsor of the team for the 2017 season.[10]

Team roster

As of 29 March 2016.[11]
Rider Date of birth
 Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN) (1994-08-10)10 August 1994 (aged 21)
 Nikias Arndt (GER) (1991-11-18)18 November 1991 (aged 24)
 Bert de Backer (BEL) (1984-04-02)2 April 1984 (aged 31)
 Warren Barguil (FRA) (1991-10-28)28 October 1991 (aged 24)
 Roy Curvers (NED) (1979-12-27)27 December 1979 (aged 36)
 John Degenkolb (GER) (1989-01-07)7 January 1989 (aged 27)
 Tom Dumoulin (NED) (1990-11-11)11 November 1990 (aged 25)
 Caleb Fairly[N 1] (USA) (1987-02-19)19 February 1987 (aged 29)
 Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09)9 June 1985 (aged 30)
 Simon Geschke (GER) (1986-03-13)13 March 1986 (aged 30)
 Lars van der Haar (NED) (1991-07-23)23 July 1991 (aged 24)
 Chad Haga (USA) (1988-08-26)26 August 1988 (aged 27)
 Ji Cheng (CHN) (1987-07-15)15 July 1987 (aged 28)
 Carter Jones[N 2] (USA) (1989-02-27)27 February 1989 (aged 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Koen de Kort (NED) (1982-09-08)8 September 1982 (aged 33)
 Fredrik Ludvigsson (SWE) (1994-04-28)28 April 1994 (aged 21)
 Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) (1991-02-22)22 February 1991 (aged 25)
 Sindre Lunke (NOR) (1993-04-17)17 April 1993 (aged 22)
 Sam Oomen (NED) (1995-08-15)15 August 1995 (aged 20)
 Georg Preidler (AUT) (1990-06-17)17 June 1990 (aged 25)
 Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) (1989-02-09)9 February 1989 (aged 27)
 Tom Stamsnijder (NED) (1985-05-15)15 May 1985 (aged 30)
 Laurens ten Dam (NED) (1980-11-13)13 November 1980 (aged 35)
 Albert Timmer (NED) (1985-06-13)13 June 1985 (aged 30)
 Tom Veelers (NED) (1984-09-14)14 September 1984 (aged 31)
 Zico Waeytens (BEL) (1991-09-29)29 September 1991 (aged 24)
 Max Walscheid (GER) (1993-06-13)13 June 1993 (aged 22)
  1. Fairly retired from cycling on May 22.
  2. Jones retired from cycling on July 1.

Major results

1st Stage 1 Tour of Oman, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 5 Volta a Catalunya, François Parisien
1st Scheldeprijs, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1, 7 & 8 Tour of Turkey, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia, John Degenkolb
1st Overall Tour de Picardie, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1 & 3, Marcel Kittel
1st ProRace Berlin, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 Ster ZLM Toer, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1, 10, 12 & 21 Tour de France, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 Arctic Race of Norway, Nikias Arndt
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics, John Degenkolb
1st Stages 13 & 16 Vuelta a España, Warren Barguil
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens, Bert De Backer
1st Omloop van het Houtland, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 2 & 4 Tour de l'Eurometropole, John Degenkolb
1st Binche–Chimay–Binche, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
1st Paris–Bourges, John Degenkolb
1st Paris–Tours, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 5 Tour of Beijing, Luka Mezgec
1st People's Choice Classic
1st Stages 2, 3 & 4 Dubai Tour, Marcel Kittel
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges, Tobias Ludvigsson
1st Stage 5 (ITT), Tobias Ludvigsson
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3 Tour Méditerranéen, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice, John Degenkolb
1st Handzame Classic, Luka Mezgec
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5 Volta a Catalunya, Luka Mezgec
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Critérium International, Tom Dumoulin
1st Gent–Wevelgem, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 2 Circuit de la Sarthe, Jonas Ahlstrand
1st Scheldeprijs, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 2 & 3 Giro d'Italia, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk, Thierry Hupond
1st Stage 2 World Ports Classic, Ramon Sinkeldam
1st Stage 21 Giro d'Italia, Luka Mezgec
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné, Nikias Arndt
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton, Simon Geschke
1st Stage 1 Ster ZLM Toer, Marcel Kittel
1st  Netherlands National Time Trial Championships, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 1, 3, 4 and 21 Tour de France, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Eneco Tour, Tom Dumoulin
1st Points classification Vuelta a España, John Degenkolb
1st Stages 4, 5, 12 & 17, John Degenkolb
1st Prologue Tour of Alberta, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 2 Tour of Alberta, Jonas Ahlstrand
1st Stages 1 & 8b Tour of Britain, Marcel Kittel
1st Paris–Bourges, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 1 Tour of Beijing, Luka Mezgec
1st People's Choice Classic, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 Dubai Tour, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 2 Tour du Haut Var, Luka Mezgec
1st Milan–San Remo, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 6 (ITT) Tour of the Basque Country, Tom Dumoulin
1st Paris - Roubaix, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 2 & 5 Bayern-Rundfahrt, John Degenkolb
1st Garmin Velothon Berlin, Ramon Sinkeldam
1st Stage 1 (ITT) & 9 (ITT) Tour de Suisse, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 17 Tour de France, Simon Geschke
1st Stage 1 Tour de Pologne, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 9 & 17 (ITT) Vuelta a España, Tom Dumoulin
1st Kernen Omloop Echt-Susteren, Max Walscheid
1st Stage 6 Tour of Alberta, Nikias Arndt
1st Stage 21 Vuelta a España, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Giro d'Italia, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 21 Giro d'Italia, Nikias Arndt
1st Stage 4 Tour of Belgium, Zico Waeytens
1st  Netherlands National Time Trial Championships, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stages 9 & 13 (ITT) Tour de France, Tom Dumoulin
1st Overall Tour de l'Ain, Sam Oomen
1st Stage 3, Sam Oomen
1st Stage 4 Arctic Race of Norway, John Degenkolb
1st Münsterland Giro, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9 Tour of Hainan, Max Walscheid

National champions

1st Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
1st Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
1st Japan Road Race, Yukihiro Doi
1st Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
1st Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
1st Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin


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