Leon
Heinschke

Residence
Frankfurt, Germany
Age
22
Hobbies
Any sports
Nickname
Heine/Heino
Favourite food
Spare ribs
Favourite TV show
Netflix
Favourite holiday destination
Spain/Anywhere it's sunny
Favourite race
Tour de France

Originally a football player, Leon made the switch to cycling at the U15 level after a neighbour introduced him to the sport. He instantly fell in love with both the adrenaline of racing but also the freedom of the open road when out training.

After spending four years in the team’s Development program, 2022 sees Leon make the step up to the WorldTour with the Men’s program, something that Leon approaches in his reserved and humble manner.

“It’s been really nice that I’ve made that achievement to make the step up but I’m not going to stop working now. I want to learn from all of the guys and the team, and help them as best as I can, then in future years I can maybe win some races.”

Picking up third on GC at Tour Alsace and second overall at Circuit des Ardennes, races where he claimed the win in the young rider classification, has given Leon more confidence that he is on the right trajectory. However, it’s not just the results that he is focused on.

Leon Heinschke | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Leon Heinschke | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Leon Heinschke | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Leon Heinschke | Team DSM | January Team Camp

“Result wise I did well in Alsace and Ardennes. I really enjoyed those races but also doing l’Avenir with the national team and then the Baby Giro with the team was nice too. We were pulling all day on the front at the Baby Giro, going all out on the climbs and to then see there were only 20 guys left – that was a really cool team experience to be a part of.”

Due to the relatively recent rule change, Leon has also had the chance to already experience racing with the Men’s program in 2021 competing in races such as the Tour of the Alps and Okolo Slovenska – experience he thinks will be valuable in the coming years.

“It’s been really useful doing some races already with the WorldTour guys. You get to know your teammates and coaches in a good way. The way of working is very similar to the Development program, because of course we are the same team, but for example the meetings and responsibility is different.”

Off the bike, Leon enjoys socialising with the rest of the guys at the Keep Challenging Center or visiting family and friends at home.

Results

2022
43 Tour de Hongrie
50 Tour de Hongrie Stage 2
51 Tour de Hongrie Stage 5
51 Itzulia Basque Country Stage 1 (ITT)
52 Albert Achterhes Profronde van Drenthe
57 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 3
62 Itzulia Basque Country Stage 2
64 Tour de Hongrie Stage 4
74 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 1
83 Itzulia Basque Country Stage 5
2021
1 Circuit des Ardennes International Youth classification
1 Circuit des Ardennes International Points classification
1 Tour Alsace Youth classification
2 Circuit des Ardennes International
2 Tour Alsace Stage 4
2 Circuit des Ardennes International Stage 1
3 Tour Alsace
3 Circuit des Ardennes International Stage 4
5 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Youth classification
7 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 2 (TTT)
2020
1 Ronde de l'Isard Stage 2b (TTT)
7 Trofej Poreč Poreč Trophy
9 Ronde de l'Isard Stage 1
14 National Championships Germany Road Race
16 Ronde de l'Isard Points classification
17 Ronde de l'Isard Stage 2a
29 Ronde de l'Isard Youth classification
36 European Continental Championships U23 Road Race
37 Ronde de l'Isard
38 Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc Youth classification
2019
1 National Championships Germany U23 Road Race
2 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Youth classification
4 Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc Stage 1
5 Boucles de la Mayenne Youth classification
5 Istarsko Proljeće Istrian Spring Trophy
8 Tour de l'Ain Youth classification
9 Boucles de la Mayenne Prologue
9 National Championships Germany U23 ITT
9 Tour Alsace Prologue
9 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 2 (TTT)
2018
4 National Championships Germany U23 ITT
17 Olympia's Tour Stage 1
17 Tour Alsace Prologue
18 Tour de l'Ain Youth classification
21 Olympia's Tour Stage 5b (ITT)
36 Olympia's Tour Stage 3
39 Tour de l'Ain Stage 1
41 Olympia's Tour Stage 2
43 European Continental Championships U23 ITT
48 Boucles de la Mayenne Prologue
2017
1 GP Général Patton Mountains classification
1 GP Général Patton Stage 2
1 National Championships Germany MJ ITT
1 Giro della Lunigiana Points classification
2 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 2
2 Giro della Lunigiana
3 Tour du Pays de Vaud
3 GP Général Patton Points classification
3 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 3
4 Giro della Lunigiana Mountains classification
2016
1 La Coupe du Président de la Ville de Grudziądz Stage 1a (TTT)
6 La Coupe du Président de la Ville de Grudziądz Youth classification
13 Tour du Pays de Vaud Youth classification
14 La Coupe du Président de la Ville de Grudziądz
38 La Coupe du Président de la Ville de Grudziądz Stage 3
43 Tour du Pays de Vaud Stage 1
48 Internationale Cottbuser Junioren-Etappenfahrt 2016 Stage 2a (ITT)
52 Tour du Pays de Vaud Stage 2b (ITT)
54 Internationale Cottbuser Junioren-Etappenfahrt 2016 Stage 1
56 Tour du Pays de Vaud