Henri
Vandenabeele

Residence
Dentergem, Belgium
Age
21
Nickname
-
Hobbies
Cycling, meet friends
Instagram
@henri_vda
Favourite food
Fries
Favourite holiday destination
USA, Alps
Favourite race
U23 Giro d'Italia

A talented climber Henri reaffirmed his position in the U23 peloton, doubling-up on his Baby Giro podium from 2020 with a strong third place finish in 2021 after some brilliant riding by the team.

“It was so nice to have the guys there and work in a team like we did, they were great. When everyone commits and you’re the team’s finisher, it’s a special feeling. Of course, it gives a little bit of extra pressure, but it is also incredibly motivating too.”

With one year in the Development program and taking advantage of the relatively recent rule change, Henri has been able to ride with the Men’s program on several occasions already in 2021 – something that he thinks will ease his transition to the WorldTour.

“I know more of how the team works and I think it makes that step up to the WorldTour with the Men’s program a lot smoother and easier. It was a big change coming from my old team to here, but I think I needed that.”

A fan of being outdoors, Henri fully embraces the cyclist’s lifestyle and enjoys everything that comes along with it. Whether that be the travelling you get to do to go to races, the scenery you see while riding or the friends you make over the years, he thinks it’s a “nice environment” to be in.

Intelligent and thoughtful, Henri doesn’t put any extra pressure on himself in terms of results and instead focuses on following the processes and aiming at non-result-based goals.

“I want to reach the maximum of my capabilities in my career – whatever that may be. You can just do your best, and that is the most important thing.”

A proper cyclist, Henri spends most of his downtime relaxing and recovering on the couch while not doing much else or catching up with his friends and family.

Results

2021
3 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
3 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 7
4 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 9
4 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 6
5 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 2 (TTT)
5 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Mountains classification
5 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 5
5 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc
8 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Points classification
11 Tour of the Alps Stage 5
2020
1 Ronde de l'Isard Stage 2a
1 Ronde de l'Isard Mountains classification
1 Ronde de l'Isard Points classification
1 Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia Youth classification
2 Ronde de l'Isard
2 Ronde de l'Isard Youth classification
2 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
2 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 8
2 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 1
4 Ronde de l'Isard Stage 2b (TTT)
2019
3 Tour du Loir et Cher E Provost Youth classification
4 Tour du Loir et Cher E Provost Stage 3
6 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Youth classification
8 Tour Alsace Stage 3
9 Tour Alsace Youth classification
13 Il Piccolo Lombardia
13 Tour du Jura Cycliste Youth classification
15 Tour Alsace
15 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 9
15 Tour du Loir et Cher E Provost
2018
2 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour
5 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour Stage 1
5 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour Stage 3
5 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour Stage 2
7 Bernaudeau Junior
8 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour Stage 4
9 La Route des Géants
9 Ain Bugey Valromey Tour Mountains classification
16 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 4
20 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 1b (ITT)
2017
8 La Philippe Gilbert juniors
30 Menen-Kemmel-Menen
46 Ronde van Vlaanderen Juniores Tour des Flandres Juniors
66 Gent-Wevelgem/Grote Prijs A. Noyelle-Ieper
122 National Championships Belgium MJ Road Race