Laurens ten Dam   
Laurens ten Dam
COUNTRY
The Netherlands
Residence
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Riders Type
Climber
Favourite Giant Bike
Propel
Pro Since
2004
2015 Race Kms
8921
2015 Race Days
56


ABOUT Laurens ten Dam

One of his first memories of cycling are his family camping holidays in France where his whole family followed the Tour the France. Laurens’ professional career started in 2004, as a climber who also became stronger riding for the general classifications as well. In 2012 he finished 8th in the Vuelta and in 2013 during the 100th Tour, Laurens was in the top five for several days. His biggest achievement of the year came later whilst riding the Tour de France when he took ninth place in Paris.

In 2015 Ten Dam joined Team Sunweb, after eight years of racing with Rabobank. The transfer has come at the right moment in his career, whilst he was searching for a different approach to his racing. The 36 year old Dutchman has shown that he can offer a lot of value to the team both on and off the bike. He has adapted perfectly to the teams way of working. “It’s nice to be able to play a role in the teams race plan on the climbs. I can help the team with my physical abilities, as well as with my tactical knowledge. This team always finds a way to motivate and challenge all riders, even the older ones like me. I like that I can work with experts that help me finding the right balance between training and resting, as well as providing me with the best nutrition and equipment. It’s essential to improve even the smallest details in cycling, so you can gain an advantage over to other riders.”

Last season convinced him that bike racing is still what he loves the most. “My young team mates and the positive environment of this team has really inspired me. During the Tour de France I realized I wanted to continue racing and I felt that the youngsters could still benefit from my legs and my experience. I’m really looking forward to working with my team mates and staff through another challenging season. The signing of Wilco Kelderman has also given me motivation to continue. We’ve got a great GC team this year and I hope to play a big role in making many successes.”

When racing, Ten Dam is extremely focused. Off the bike, he is known for his kindness and he likes to be in a relaxed atmosphere. Living in America was one of his dreams and last year, he moved there. “I didn’t want to miss it for the world. I had the chance to ride races, mainly off road, in the USA which was lots of fun. I could still ride in races I had dreamed of as a younger boy, such as the Tour. In between the races I was also able spend more time with my wife and two boys.” Ten Dam proved that spending part of the season in the US can be combined successfully with a steady road season in Europe.

“Live slow, ride fast”. That is his plan for next season.



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