MIKE TEUNISSEN   
MIKE TEUNISSEN
COUNTRY
The Netherlands
Riders Type
Lead Out
Pro Since
2015
2016 Racing KMS
9488
2016 Race Days
58
ABOUT MIKE TEUNISSEN

During the eighties former cyclist Peter Winnen was one of the best riders in the world, winning two prestigious Alpe d’Huez stages at the Tour de France. His neighbour Mike Teunissen was not yet born, but with such a great example nearby and a grandfather and father who loved cycling it very soon became obvious that little Mike would be a cyclist as well.

The 24-year-old Dutchman from Limburg IJsselsteyn is new to the team, coming from Team Lotto NL-Jumbo where he started in 2015 as a pro. At a young age, Teunissen proved his potential. In cyclo-cross he became the U23 European Champion in 2012 and the U23 World Champion in 2013. On the road, 2014 was a successful year for the Dutchman as he won the prestigious U23 editions of both Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Tours.

“As a junior and U23 rider I’ve had some nice victories. But when you take the step up and become a pro, it’s like starting all over again. At this level, everything is much harder. The races are longer, the speed is higher and you have more racing days. There were times I couldn’t even follow the gruppetto because I had no energy left. It really takes time to get used to becoming a professional cyclist. Although you know that it’s difficult because you’re new to the peloton, it can make you doubt yourself. Now I’ve already both mentally and physically grown as a rider and I’m used to the life of a pro. With the support of Team Sunweb I’m sure I’m going to develop myself further next year. They have given me the opportunities, challenges and time I need to be able to grow.”

This determined rider is particularly strong in one-day classics and sprints. He often rides a strong prologue and can excel in short, flat stage races. In the coming years he will play an important role in the lead-out for the sprinters of the team; Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Phil Bauhaus and Max Wahlscheid. In time, he wants to achieve good personal results in the classics. “I want to become a well rounded rider and be a part of the big finales, I won’t be satisfied until I have achieved this. I want to ride alongside the best cyclists in one-day races. I believe I can achieve this, one way or another. As the legendary general Hannibal once said: “either I will find a way, or make one”.

"I want to ride alongside the best cyclists in one day races."


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