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by Neal Rogers
June 29, 2017
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After a successful opening to the season, Development Team Sunweb riders Max Kanter and Leon Rohde, both from Germany, will make the step up to Sunweb’s WorldTour team as stagiaires, starting August 1.
Team Sunweb’s Development Program is specifically designed to bring young up-and-coming German and international talents through the ranks of professional cycling, giving riders the opportunity to develop and excel with the support of a professional structure around them. After joining the team’s Development Program at the beginning of the year, the duo have already taken some impressive results. Rohde took the win at Bundesliga Düren, while Kanter was recently crowned U23 German national road race champion.
“I’m really pleased that the team have given me the chance to become a stagiaire,” Kanter said. “It’s going to be a brilliant experience and I’m proud that the team are giving me the chance. I’m really looking forward to racing on a WorldTour level and I hope that I can learn a lot and make another step in my development as a rider.”
Rohde added, “This is a real honour and a great opportunity for me to show my strengths. We’ve worked together to achieve some good results in the Development Program so far this season and it’s a really good signal that the hard work really does get rewarded.”