Ghent, Belgium
Favourite food
Favourite TV Show
Peaky Blinders
Favourite holiday destination
West Canada
Favourite race
Ronde van Vlaanderen
Catch up with friends, studying

A new addition to the team in 2020, Tiesj burst onto the scene as a neo-pro in 2015 when he took a very impressive fifth place at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Since then he has continued his development every year as a rider, picking up a victory at an epic edition of Strade Bianche in 2018 alongside some strong places in one-week stage races.

“After spending all of my career with the same team I wanted to step a bit out of my comfort zone and move. I was looking for a team that approached cycling in a scientific and really professional way, and after the first conversations I had with Team DSM, I found out the team worked in this way.”

Originally a football player, Tiesj wanted to be a cyclist from a young age but had to wait until he was ten years old to take up the sport. He combined both sports for one year but cycling became his passion and from that point it was all he did.

Tiesj is a consummate professional and enjoys the dedication and discipline that is required to become one of the best riders in the world.

“I started cycling because I loved it but now I really like the process of getting yourself in better shape. For example, it is not a sacrifice for me when I go to altitude. I don’t have too much to do there, you just focus on good training and rest, the simple things.”

Compelled by his own willingness to improve, Tiesj wants to continue to make steps in his development with the team. Notably, he highlights time trials as a big area of improvement and something that he hopes to utilise the team’s expertise to get better at, and as a consequence improve his results in one-week stage races.

Level-headed, Tiesj’s infectious personality makes him an outgoing character and he enjoys spending time with his university friends while away from the cycling world, going out and socialising with them.

More importantly though, Tiesj is someone that lives without regrets and enjoys the position that he is in.

“When I am older I will be happy with everything I have done in my life, I have only done things that I love to do.”


1 Paris - Nice Stage 6
1 Paris - Nice Points Classification
2 Paris Nice
2 Paris - Nice Stage 7
2 Paris - Nice Mountains Classification
3 Paris - Nice Stage 1
7 Tour de France Stage 16
8 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
10 Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres
11 Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1
1 PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark Stage 1
2 Bretagne Classic Ouest-France
2 Tour de Suisse Youth Classification
2 Tirreno-Adriatico Youth Classification
2 Tour de France Stage 9
4 Tour de France Stage 12
4 Tour de Suisse
4 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2
4 Milano-Torino
5 Strade Bianche
1 Strade Bianche
1 Tirreno-Adriatico Youth Classification
3 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3
3 Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Stage 2
3 De Brabantse Pijl La Flèche Brabanconne
3 Critérium du Dauphiné Team Time Trial
4 Tirreno-Adriatico
4 Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Stage 5
4 Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1
4 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5