Kevin
Vermaerke

Residence
Girona, Spain
Age
20
Nickname
Kev
Hobbies
Watching Netflix
Favourite food
Mexican
Favourite holiday destination
South Africa
Favourite race
World Championships
Favourite TV show
Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones

A talented climber and hilly one-day racer, Kevin impressed throughout the junior ranks before bursting onto the scene as a first year U23 rider where he took victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2019. 2020 saw him continue his development where he was meant to ride for the team as a stagiaire towards the end of the season, but an injury unfortunately meant that wasn’t possible. That’s only left the American even more motivated for his first full year with the team.

“I went to camp with the team in December last year (2019) and I got on with everyone and felt I fitted in really well here. The team had a great season in 2020 and watching it was really inspiring, so I’m very motivated to get racing with everyone.”

Initially a mountain bike rider, Kevin made the transition to road racing after he got a road bike at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. A driven individual, he enjoys all aspects of professional life, with both racing and training motivating factors.

“I just love racing my bike, that’s the first reason I do the sport. I also love the training aspect of it all, when you’re able to see yourself getting better and track how you’re developing. You can make mistakes, but it is how you learn from them that makes you better.”

Kevin Vermaerke | Team DSM
Kevin Vermaerke | Team DSM
Kevin Vermaerke | Team DSM
Kevin Vermaerke | Team DSM

Looking to the immediate future, Kevin wants to get up to race speed and learn from the experienced riders around him during races. Long-term, he wants to continue his development with the team so that he can be competitive in the future and compete for good results.

Away from the bike Kevin is like most young riders, with the likeable American spending most of his downtime with family or friends or watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. If he’s not on the couch, you can probably find Kevin down at the beach.

“I come from California, so for me there is no better way to relax and unwind than to go to the beach.”

Results

2021
14
22
39
46
75
83
102
108
111
117
2020
2
7
14
21
27
35
38
39
39
41
2019
1
4
4
4
5
11
16
17
17
18