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by Shane Stokes
May 30, 2017
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A collaborative effort between Giro d’Italia-winning Team Sunweb and the German Cycling Federation BDR will continue this year, with the fourth holding of the Deutsche Talent-Tage [German Talent Day] being held. The team confirmed the news on Monday, one day after Tom Dumoulin sealed Giro victory.
The aim of the Talent Tage is to identify and nurture top young talent. “Team Sunweb believes that focusing on grassroots development is the most effective way to build a solid foundation for the future of cycling in Germany,” said the team in a statement. “The Deutsche Talent-Tage utilise a different way of discovering up-and-coming talented young riders between the ages of 17 to 20, using a multitude of professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge to the team’s focus of discovering Germany’s future talents. BDR’s and Team Sunweb’s coaches, trainers, scientists, nutritionists and experts to name a few are all involved in the process.”
This year’s location is a new one, with the Arlbergpass mountain in Sankt Anton, Austria being used to perform specific physiological tests. The protocol will be used to assess various different types of riders, namely sprinters, time trialists, climbers and all-rounders.
“Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in Germany and as a German team we see it as our responsibility to continue to be a part of its growth,” said Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. “As more and more Germans take up the sport for a wealth of reasons, our aim is to contribute to its development and remain an influential player in the world of cycling.
“Our vision is to continue to bring young Germans up through the ranks of cycling with the prospect of potentially joining a professional team in the future. These Deutsche Talent-Tage encourage and challenge young people to continue cycling and ride their bikes.”