Posted by Editoress on 04/24/20
Team Sunweb are pleased to announce the contract extensions of two of their Women's program riders; Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch. Kirchmann will ride in the team's colours until the end of 2022, while Koch has extended her contract until the end of 2021.
2019 Road Nationals
2019 GP Gatineau
Since moving to the team in 2016, where she finished an impressive eighth place on GC at the Giro Rosa and second overall in the Women's WorldTour standings, Kirchmann has proved herself to be a versatile rider that can handle a multitude of terrain. Alongside good GC showings she has taken prologue and time trial wins, been an integral member of the team time trial successes, including the winning World's squad, and picked up several top tens and strong results in one-day races on both flat and hilly terrain, such as second place at 2019's La Course by Le Tour de France. Kirchmann's all-round abilities make her an important member of the team and she's more than willing to go all-in to support her teammates.
On extending her contract, Kirchmann was quick to highlight the current situation: "I am happy to extend my contract with the team for another two seasons. I am impressed with how the team has adapted to the challenges posed by the current global pandemic, prioritizing the health of riders and staff, while modifying the program to focus on the future. I believe that this is an environment where I can continue grow and develop as a rider, while also helping to mentor those around me."
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: "I am really pleased that Leah will stay with our team for another two years. She is a world class rider that aligns perfectly with our way of working. Leah is a real team player, but every year she shows that she can podium in WorldTour races herself. She is one of the most all-round riders in the women's peloton and her second place at La Course by Le Tour de France shows that. Her 2019 season ended with injury but she showed her resilience and her ability to return to the highest level, with strong results in Australia at the start of this year. We are confident that she can still progress with us and are looking forward to continuing this journey together."
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