BORA - hansgrohe signs Wilco Kelderman and mountain biker Ben Zwiehoff
Over the coming two years, Kelderman will strengthen our stage racing roster, concentrating predominantly on Grand Tours. Zwiehoff will be taking the step from MTB to the road, and is considered a very strong climber.
"Wilco is a rider with enormous potential. Our task over the next few years will be to consistently bring out this potential on the road. He is the ideal age for this, and will certainly be a real asset.
Ben has been part of the German MTB national team for several years. He has always been successful in this respect, but may be lacking that little extra explosiveness. On the road, particularly in the mountains, we see vast possibilities. I have always said that we are also searching for talent in other disciplines and sports. And so, with Ben, we’re happy to guide this type of athlete along his way.” - Ralph Denk, Team Manager
"I am really looking forward to this new challenge. After the first few meetings with the coaches and management team, it became clear to me that this is exactly the right step for me. I quickly gained the confidence that a partnership with BORA - hansgrohe would provide me with new incentives at this stage of my career. The entire group - riders, performance team and management – provides the perfect environment for me to put on my best performances, and I’m happy to support the team in its future journeys.” - Wilco Kelderman
"My previous career goal as a mountain biker was always to participate in the Olympic Games. But at some point. I realised that with my climbing talent, I may be able to achieve more on the road. That's why I am incredibly grateful to BORA - hansgrohe for providing me with this chance. I was already able to meet some of the guys last December in Mallorca. Now I can hardly wait to learn from the team’s vast experience and to develop myself further. I am highly motivated to be able to contribute to the team’s success as a helper in the mountains. As the biggest bike race in the world, the Tour de France has always been a dream of mine, so let's see if I can one day be a part of it.” - Ben Zwiehoff