Alkmaar, Netherlands
Hanging out with friends, playing pool
Favourite food
Favourite TV show
Peaky Blinders
Favourite holiday destination
New places - Sri Lanka
Favourite race

As a neo-pro with the team in 2019, Cees had a very impressive opening season at WorldTour level in which he claimed three victories and made his debut at the Tour de France.

“It was a good but hard first year as a neo-pro. The level in the peloton is a lot higher than U23 but I got some good results which I’m proud of. I kept making small steps both on the bike but also in my lifestyle as well, which combined led to big steps on the bike.”

As a sprinter, Cees is often the last rider in line for the team and the one everyone works for during the stage or race, a situation which can often lead to extra pressure. However, the young Dutchman takes a mature approach to it all.

“Sometimes it is hard when you’re the sprinter if you don’t feel good, but if you do feel good then it gives you more confidence knowing everyone is working for you. It makes the feeling you already have stronger. It is a challenge on a day where you don’t feel super good and that is something I have to learn how to deal with.”

With a composed mentality, Cees acknowledges that in a sport like cycling things don’t always go the way you want but it is how you regroup and regather from those moments that make you stronger as a rider. With that attitude, Cees continued to develop in 2020 taking a win in Algarve and a second and third place at the Tour de France.

Like most professional athletes Cees is driven by his competitive nature and a will to reach his potential.

“Your biggest dreams keep you motivated and keep you pushing. The next step on the ladder itself might not be so motivating or seem important but it is, and looking at the long-term helps you get there.”

Away from his life as a pro, Cees likes to socialise with his friends and spend time with his girlfriend, going out for dinner or doing things that “normal” people do, allowing him to switch off and refresh for races.