After a distinguished, 17 years long career in cycling, Marcel Sieberg has decided to retire at the end of this season. Marcel has been an integral part of Team Bahrain Victorious since 2019.
Looking back on his career, Marcel has competed in nine Tour de France and is a top ten finisher in arguably the most challenging one day race, Paris-Roubaix.
More notably, Sieberg will be remembered for his excellent positioning as a key lead-out man. At Lotto-Soudal, Marcel was an integral part of over 100 wins of Andre Greipel. During his time in Team Bahrain, Marcel has played a vital role in Phil Bauhaus’ stage wins at the Saudi Tour in 2020 and, more recently, his two stage wins at Tour de Hongrie. He also was a leader to the younger riders in the group, passing on his experience and leading them through the cobbled classics, helping the team achieve results. His good spirits at dinner, on the bus, during training and racing was felt across the team in both the good and bad times cycling inevitably brings.
Turning 40 next year, Sieberg has decided to focus on the next chapter in his life: “I’ve been cycling for 30 years. It started as a hobby as a young boy and ended as my profession for the past 17 years. Travelling around the world and competing in the most iconic races has been an amazing experience.
Along the way, I’ve met great people and made unforgettable memories. These have been good times! I want to thank every partner, staff member, teammate, and all the other people I’ve had the chance to work with and meet throughout my career.
All this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my fantastic family. Growing up, my parents brought me into cycling and spent every weekend on the road with my sister and me… Later my wonderful wife. Without her, it wouldn’t have been possible to compete in my sport like this.
Cycling is my life, and I’m excited to see where the next challenges lie. I’d love to share my experience and passion with the cycling world and to share the joy of the success of new champions.”
Phil Bauhaus commented on his experience racing with Marcel: “For me, it’s been super nice and special to race with Sieberg in the same team for three years. To get his support in sprints and also learn from his experience. He was racing for many years at the highest level in sprints, with Greipel winning Tour de France stages and winning more or less every race.
I’ve known him for a longer time, as he is living in the town where I grew up. When I was young, I never imagined I would be riding with him in the same team, making it something special and really amazing. I’m really thankful and something I will miss in the future.”
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