Queidersbach, Germany
Favourite food
A good steak
Favourite TV show
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite race
Ronde van Vlaanderen

2019 was Niklas’ second year with Development Team DSM and he started well, picking up wins at the Istrian Spring Trophy and the Youngster Coast Challenge in March.

“2019 started off great for me but then I had some down parts where it didn’t go as well as I had hoped so I was really motivated to go well at the classics and the races that suited me in 2020.”

However, 2020 saw a reduced race program for everyone but Niklas applied himself well and through his hard work he has taken the step up to the WorldTour with the Men’s program for the 2021 season.

As a sprinter, Niklas doesn’t feel any added pressure from the team when going for a result but instead it motivates him for the finish as he knows how hard his teammates have worked for him. However, as a true team player he is not afraid to do his own share of work for teammates on terrain that suits them.

“When the guys work really hard for me then I also give it back and work for them too at races. I like it and I think it is a good balance that should be kept, the give and take.”

Like many riders Niklas used to play other sports when he was younger, notably football and tennis, but around the age of ten he focused on cycling and hasn’t looked back since. Often training with his younger brother, he enjoys the social side of the sport and getting to experience new places.

However, he also likes to distance himself from the sport during his downtime and relaxes with non-cycling friends, going out for coffee or food.

Someone that takes the team’s philosophy of Keep Challenging to heart, Niklas is motivated to develop as a rider and become more consistent, challenging for more results.

“Keep Challenging is a good idea – never be fully satisfied, even when you win as there are always improvements to be made, you should keep on being hungry for more and more. That is how you get better.”