'We knew we had incredible talent': The inside story of Sunweb's rise

The German team won three stages at the Tour de France and placed two riders on the podium at the Giro d'Italia

Sunweb at the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Cast your minds back to the season’s restart in August and all eyes were on Ineos Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma and a smattering of other teams that typically populate the upper regions of race results.

Team Sunweb were page-footer fodder. One of two handfuls of teams predicted to make their presence felt in a race only occasionally, and win even less. Ahead of the Tour de France, the Guardian’s race predictions listed the German team as being in a "leadership hiatus" whose "best bet is lanky Belgian Tiesj Benoot… [who] isn’t a prolific winner". Hardly encouraging people to bet on them, then.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.