Niklas
Märkl

Residence
Queidersbach, Germany
Age
22
Hobbies
Cars/Motorbikes
Twitter
@NiklasMarkl
Favourite food
A good steak
Favourite TV show
Netflix
Favourite holiday destination
Mallorca
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 took 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.”

Results

2021
2 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Youth classification
5 Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
10 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie
11 Deutschland Tour Stage 1
12 Deutschland Tour Stage 3
14 World Championships U23 Road Race
18 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Stage 2
20 Deutschland Tour Youth classification
23 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Mountains classification
23 Tour de Hongrie Stage 2
2020
3 Trofej Umag Umag Trophy
10 Trofej Poreč Poreč Trophy
22 National Championships Germany Road Race
25 Craft Ster van Zwolle
35 Antwerp Port Epic / Sels Trophy
47 Paris-Chauny
69 Brussels Cycling Classic
71 Paris Tours Elite
106 Scheldeprijs
2019
1 Youngster Coast Challenge
1 Istarsko Proljeće Istrian Spring Trophy
4 Grand Prix Criquielion
4 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 1
5 Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux Stage 3
5 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Youth classification
6 Trofej Umag Umag Trophy
6 Tour Alsace Prologue
9 Tour de l'Avenir Points classification
9 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 2 (TTT)
2018
2 Olympia's Tour Stage 4
3 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Youth classification
4 Olympia's Tour Stage 1
6 Olympia's Tour Points classification
7 Olympia's Tour Youth classification
8 Olympia's Tour Stage 5b (ITT)
13 National Championships Germany U23 ITT
16 Olympia's Tour Stage 6
17 Tour Alsace Prologue
17 Olympia's Tour
2017
1 Course de la Paix Juniors Points classification
1 Trofeo Emilio Paganessi
1 Trofeo comune di Vertova Memorial Pietro Merelli
1 Course de la Paix Juniors Stage 4
2 Trofeo Karlsberg
2 Giro della Lunigiana Points classification
2 Trophée Centre Morbihan Points classification
2 Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt der Junioren Points classification
2 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 3
2 Trofeo Karlsberg Stage 1
2016
2 World Championships MJ Road Race
2 Giro della Lunigiana Stage 3
2 National Championships Germany MJ Road Race
3 Internationale Cottbuser Junioren-Etappenfahrt 2016 Stage 2b
3 Course de la Paix Juniors Stage 4
3 Trofeo Karlsberg Stage 3
3 Giro della Lunigiana Youth classification
3 Internationale Cottbuser Junioren-Etappenfahrt 2016 Stage 1
3 Internationale Cottbuser Junioren-Etappenfahrt 2016 Stage 3
4 Trophée Centre Morbihan Youth classification