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Zico Waeytens   
Zico Waeytens
COUNTRY
Belgium
Residence
Ledegem, Belgium
Riders Type
All-rounder
Favourite Giant Bike
TCR
Pro Since
2012
2016 Racing Km's
10503
2016 Race Days
68
ABOUT Zico Waeytens

The 25 year old Belgian began his professional career in 2012 with Topsport Vlaanderen, now he is in his third year at Team Sunweb. Zico likes the personal approach the team has and the feedback he gets from his trainers, coaches and teammates. It has made him grow and now he can ride well in the Flemish classics, as well as the climbing classics and Grand Tours. “Sometimes it was hard, but I’ve learned a lot the past two years. I love riding with this team. They give me confidence and I’m looking forward to progressing further in the Classics and improving my sprint.”

Zico Waeytens is a born entertainer and he brings a lot of good energy and fun into the team. “Think of a bouncing ball: You don’t know exactly where, when and how, but you know something is going to happen when Zico is around”, says a teammate who would prefer to stay anonymous, so he doesn’t become the next victim of Zico’s banter.

Fun is important, but Waeytens can be serious when it’s needed. After the teams accident in Spain, Zico was the first man in some of the spring Classics. “It was quite a responsibility for me and it was hard to replace a guy like John Degenkolb, but I’ve learned a lot from it. Next year, I hope to benefit from this experience working in the shadow of the team leaders.” 

Last year one of Waeytens highlights was a victory in his home country at the fourth stage of the Belgium Tour. In some stages he was able to compete with the likes of Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. “It’s good to remember those great moments and achievements. They give me self-confidence and that’s important for me to improve my performance.”

At the 2016 Vuelta Waeytens made his first Grand Tour appearance. “Riding one of the Grand Tours was an amazing experience, but I love the Flemish classics the most. A lot of my friends and family come to see me at those races. Knowing that they are around and seeing the banners with my name on it, gives me such a special feeling. It’s my dream to win one of these Classics. I need to work very hard to achieve this, pain is temporary and glory stays forever.”

"Pain is temporary, and glory stays forever.
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