TR Press UK - 03-07-2019

“We started from scratch – but we’re always learning something new”

Ahead of this season, the Team Rynkeby Foundation established its first team in Germany. The learning curve has been steep for Team Rynkeby – hohes C Nieder-Olm, but after just three days in the saddle everything is coming together.

Stage 4, Maastricht: Every day is a new day for Team Rynkeby – hohes C Nieder-Olm, which is currently cycling in its first Tour de Paris.

The team, which is the first Team Rynkeby team in Germany, was established ahead of this season – and that means there has been much for the team to learn.

But after just three days in the saddle things are really coming together for the German team, explains Team Manager, Torsten Fröhlich, to Tour News LIVE, which streamed LIVE to Facebook from the team’s hotel in Maastricht this morning.

“Of course there have been a lot of challenges, because we started absolutely from scratch in Germany. The logistics are new for us. Packing the lorry, setting up catering, how we ride – it’s all new for us. But we’re always learning, so it’s going really, really well,” says Torsten Fröhlich, who is cycling in his third Tour de Paris this year – the first two times were with Team Rynkeby Ringe from Denmark.

“I rode with Team Rynkeby Ringe in 2017 and 2018, and it was so amazing that I said we would have to create a team in Germany. I’m so proud that we’re on the Tour de Paris this year with 54 cyclists and a big service team,” he says.

Paris is going to be huge
Although Team Rynkeby - hohes C Nieder-Olm belongs to Eckes-Granini’s hometown, and there are many employees from Team Rynkeby’s main sponsor, this is not a company team.

“Team Rynkeby – hohes C Nieder-Olm is open to all, so there are lots of different people on the team. But the Team Rynkeby project is naturally a very important project for Eckes-Granini, and it’s a part of our CSR strategy. Our board is also very happy that we have so many people involved in the project,” says Torsten Fröhlich, who looks forward to bringing the new German team safely into Paris on Saturday.

“It will be very special to ride into Paris on Saturday. It’s when you first enter Paris that you really feel the greatness of this project, when there are 10,000 people lining the streets and applauding you on your way – that’s a huge moment, and I’m really excited to bring the new German team safely into Paris.”

Below, you can see the full interview with Torsten Fröhlich and Team Rynkeby – hohes C Nieder-Olm’s departure from the hotel this morning.

This text has been translated from Danish into English by AdHoc Translations.

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