Zimmermann, 21, will make his debut in CCC Team colors at the Tour of Slovakia in September where he will have the chance to gain more experience before turning professional in 2020.
“We are pleased to welcome Georg Zimmermann to CCC Team, first as a stagiaire and then as a neo professional from next year. Georg has already shown great talent and potential, most recently by winning the King of the Mountain jersey at Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria, where he raced against our riders, and with victories at Trofeo Piva and Coppa della Pace this year. By bringing Georg on as stagiaire for the rest of the year, we hope to accelerate his development and give him the chance to see how a WorldTour team operates before he makes the important step in his career as a neo professional,” Ochowicz explained.
“Georg has already raced against WorldTour teams in the past and has demonstrated maturity beyond his 21 years of age. We believe he has a bright future ahead of him at CCC Team and with Germany a key market for our title sponsor CCC, and Reno, we are excited to add another German rider to our roster.”
Zimmermann is excited to step up to the WorldTour level after racing for the past four years with Continental teams.
“There’s not much more I can say other than I am really excited and really looking forward to joining CCC Team. It is a dream come true for me. Every cyclist dreams of being able to race at the highest level of sport so, to have that come true is a special feeling. I am excited to see how the team operates and race and train in a professional environment, with the best coaches and equipment. It will be a good opportunity for me as stagiaire this year before I officially join the team for the 2020 season,” Zimmermann said.
“My goal is to keep improving as a cyclist. Together, with the team, I want to learn how to get the best out of myself and support the team as much as I can. I think I am well suited to one-day races but really, I will just be looking to gain as much experience as possible and will see how I develop.”
Zimmermann, who was fifth at the German National Road Race Championships this year, joins fellow countrymen Simon Geschke and Jonas Koch in the CCC Team roster.