Zelhem, Netherlands
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2019 saw the cyclocross and road rider make the step up from the Development program to the elite men’s peloton. A break after the cross season saw Joris return to the road in May where he hit the ground running, taking his first WorldTour top ten when he finished fourth on stage 5 at the Tour of California. He swiftly followed that up with a second place at the Tour of Norway which saw him lead the young rider’s classification before ending the race in seventh on GC.

“My road season started really well and I got some good results. In California I could take fourth one day and I learned a lot there. For example, I learned how to ride a final because at junior and U23 level I never focused a lot on road so that was new experience for me. I definitely think I made a step up in 2019.”

Joris’ progression continued in the 2020 season where he made his Tour de France debut and played an important part in the team’s three wins there. Carrying his good form into the classics afterwards, he took his first one-day classic podium at Paris-Tours where teammate Casper Pedersen took home the victory.

Competitive at heart, Joris likes to see himself make steady progress during training and transferring that into good performances on the road motivates him to keep pushing himself further. When he was side-lined due to injury in 2018, Joris found out just how competitive he is.

“I didn’t have a competition for a long time so I searched for that competition in everything. When my friends and I were doing something I wanted to win, if we were playing darts or whatever, I just wanted to be the best.”

It is no surprise then that one of the main things Joris likes about racing is the competitive aspect, but the Dutchman does also enjoy switching off when out on the bike training and just taking in the surrounding nature.

Off the bike, Joris is a friendly and outgoing character and you can often find him either playing on his guitar or out on one of his motorbikes.