Created in 2005 under the moniker Shimano-Memory Corp and a result of the merger between the Dutch team Bankgiroloterij and Japan’s Shimano, the team progressed over a six-season period with the return to the pack of tool manufacturer Skil. However, in 2012, the team took on a bigger dimension with the support of oil prospection firm Argos North Sea Group and became the flag-bearer for the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world: the Taiwanese giant Giant. In 2016, the team moved its registration to Germany and is now sponsored by the Sunweb brand, a specialist in holidays in the sun. Since its debut in 2011, the squad has rarely failed in its persecution of stage victories, whether under the names Skil-Shimano, Argos-Shimano, Giant-Shimano or Giant-Alpecin. Marcel Kittel had the honor of inaugurating the winning streak in Talavera de la Reina, although it would be his countryman, John Degenkolb, who would be the great victor of this race in 2012, taking home no less than five wins. The Gera sprinter would return two seasons later to emerge victorious from four volatas. Madrid in 2015 would bring his total to ten victories. Warren Barguil, in his first great appearance in the first row, made up for the absence of triumphs in 2013, by becoming one of the revelations of that edition due to his first places obtained at Castelldefels and Formigal. In 2017, despite not winning any of the stages, the team managed to “sneak” Wilco Kelderman into fourth place in the general classification of La Vuelta. With the memory of Tom Dumoulin’s spectacular 2015 Vuelta, Sunweb returns to the race that could have changed the history of the team, with a rider that confirmed his shape winning the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia and that ended up in the Top 3 of the Tour and the Giro 2018.
Overall victories: 0
Stage victories: 15
2011: Marcel Kittel, in Talavera de la Reina.
2012: John Degenkolb, Viana, Logroño, Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón, Sanxenxo and Madrid.
2013: Warren Barguil, in Castelldefels and Sallent de Gállego.
2014: John Degenkolb (Córdoba, Ronda, Logroño and La Coruña)
2015: Tom Dumoulin, at El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, and Burgos.
2015: John Degenkolb, in Madrid.
Leader jersey: 6 days
2015: Tom Dumoulin, 6 days.
Victories in secondary classifications: 1
2015: Tom Dumoulin (most aggressive rider)
5: sprint victories in a same edition (2012 - John Degenkolb).
August 20th, 2011: First participation in La Vuelta for the team under the name of Skil-Shimano.
September 9th, 2013: Warren Barguil reveals in La Vuelta with two stage victories in his first year as a professional.
September 12th, 2015: Astana, with his leader Fabio Aru leading the way, attacked red jersey’s Tom Dumoulin in stage 20. The Dutch was forced out of the podium after a dramatic stage.
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