Team Sunweb has announce that the U23 German national road race champion Max Kanter will join their WorldTour program from the 2019 racing season, after completing the remainder of the year as a stagiaire for the team.
Two-time winner of the German U23 road race and runner-up of the U23 time trial championships, Kanter joined Team Sunweb in 2016 as a stagiaire after which he entered the team’s Development program in the beginning of 2017. The 20-year-old from Cottbus, Germany signs his first pro contract for a period of two years, until the end of 2020.
Kanter said: “My time in the Development program has been really good and I was able to grow both on and off the bike. I learned a lot about racing and I’m really looking forward to my move to the WorldTour after completing the season as a stagiaire.
“It’s been my dream since I was a little boy and to finally reach this goal is incredible. Now I have the chance to set new goals and I’m in one of the best teams in the world to develop myself gradually towards these goals.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “We’re really proud of delivering the first rider to the professional level. Over the last few years we have seen a very good build up of Max’s performances both on and off the bike. Max is a talented rider who works really hard for his development.
“After great success over the last years and also gaining experience as stagiaire in the past with our WorldTour team, we believe this is the next logical step in his career. We are really happy about this and are looking forward to the new challenges with Max at the highest level of cycling.”