Dudenhofen, Germany
Discussion, reading, bouldering
Favourite food
Lamb Madras
Favourite TV show
Favourite holiday destination
St Moritz
Favourite race
Giro di Lombardia

Another rider who made the move from the Development program to racing at WorldTour level with the Men’s program in 2020, Martin recalled a mix of emotions about the step up.

“It feels natural to the extent of that it has been to the forefront of my mind, and somewhat unreal that it is actually coming true. Being a stagiaire in Denmark in 2019 worked out well and let me get to know the WorldTour team a bit more, but at that point I hadn’t done any WorldTour races yet so that was a step up.”

Martin duly made the step up, contributing to some good results for the team before making his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España towards the end of 2020.

Having been with the team for a few years, Martin likes the “clear vision” within the team and how accessible everyone is; whether that be other riders or the coaches and trainers.

Driven by his will to continue to develop as a rider, Martin is looking forward to racing a full year in the elite bunch and learning as much as possible from his teammates as well as improving his general race craft.

A grounded and mature individual, Martin takes a very philosophical approach to his cycling career and everything that it entails.

“We’re all success driven to a certain extent. Some people in life are there just to chase the dollar but I feel like I’ve managed to go beyond that and chase happiness in what I do.”

When he’s not on the bike, you can find Martin honing his language skills (he speaks Dutch, French, German and English), enjoying a coffee with friends or going bouldering with the guys at the Keep Challenging Center. Being able to relax off the bike is something that he attributes to his growth as a rider.

“This year has brought me a lot further because I have been able to actually switch off when not racing and have some fun, which has then helped on the bike.”