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by Shane Stokes
September 27, 2017
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Team Sunweb women’s team is beginning to take form with two more strong signees: Ruth Winder (UHC Pro Cycling) and Pernille Mathiesen (Team Virtu Cycling). Winder made her mark on both the US domestic and international race scene this year. She won the PRT title and found her way to many podiums during a European racing block this summer.
Winder will race full-time in Europe and is looking forward to the venture. “I have always admired Team Sunweb for their professional structure and the way they race,” said Winder. “They go into a race with a clear plan and always have a good time on the bike, and at the same time achieving their goals, which is the perfect combination.”
DS Hans Timmermans said the team admired Winders aggressive racing style. “Her focus and ambition is very clear and we’re confident that she is a rider that will easily adapt to racing in the European peloton,” added Timmermans. “We will work together to develop her capabilities as a world class rider, with a focus on the Classics season where she will be one of our final riders with the designated team leader.”
At 19, Mathiesen has had connections with Sunweb since attending the team’s German Talent Days twice. After seeing her performance at the European Championships, Timmerman felt it was time for her to take to the next level. “Together we have already identified her strengths and weaknesses, and we have already seen some improvements with these points over the past few months which demonstrates her ability to work to our approach.”
Describing Sunweb as her “dream team”, Mathiesen is looking forward to a new challenge. “There are so many strong riders that I can learn a lot from and the professional environment is perfect for me to develop into a better rider,” said the young Dane.