Deil, Netherlands
Playstation, Studying (history)
Favourite food
Favourite TV show
Watch Youtube
Favourite race
Baby Giro and Giro
Favourite holiday destination
Canada, Sweden, Norway

New to the team in the middle of 2020, Thymen made the step up from U23 level to the WorldTour after promising displays that included second on GC at the Tour de l’Avenir and third at Paris-Roubaix in 2018.

“It feels like a natural progression to join the team and I’m both excited and nervous, in a good way, to get my first full season started. The level in the bunch is higher, with guys riding faster so it will take some time for me to adapt but I’m still young and improving every year.”

Thymen sees himself as a time trialist come GC rider, with his physical characteristics suiting those disciplines but the youngster wants to also learn as much as possible about race craft and is keen to hone his skills in the classics.

Cycling is something that is in Thymen’s blood, with several generations of his family into the sport and it is how his parents met each other. He did try football when he was younger but Thymen admits that he initially did not like the team aspect, although that is something that he has now grown to love about cycling, and has only had eyes for all things two-wheeled since.

A driven individual, Thymen loves to see improvements in either his data or on the results sheet, whether that be personal or team success.

“I like to improve myself on and off the bike, seeing myself get better and stronger, that motivates me. To then be able to raise my arms or be a part of a team win because of those improvements is a great feeling. I want to learn as much as I can from the team and keep making steps to  be the best possible version of myself.”

When he’s not cycling, Thymen keeps his mind occupied by studying for his Bachelor’s in History at Utrecht University. If not, you can find him chilling with family and friends, or going out somewhere with his girlfriend who is also a cyclist.