Edo
Maas

Residence
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Age
18
Nickname
E or Idda
Hobbies
Friends, bouldering, eating!
Favourite TV show
Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders
Favourite holiday destination
French Alps
Favourite race
Paris-Roubaix
Edo Maas

 

Super proud” is how Edo Maas feels joining Team Sunweb. Despite interest from other teams, it was a simple choice for the 18-year-old to join a “prestigious” team and can’t wait to get stuck in amongst world-class staff and riders.

And with the E3 Harelbeke 2017 junior title to his name, he is determined to make an impact.

“The experts in the team, the riders you see on TV – they are your heroes. And here, you are getting the same treatment as them. Tom Dumouin, Michael Matthews, Sam Oomen, Nico Roche – these are the guys I look up to.”

Sociable, honest, determined and ambitious, Edo first started riding at the age of 11 after a friend in school took up the sport. On his first bike ride, he crashed over a fallen tree. But that did not stop the young Dutchman. He started riding laps, racing and training and soon joined a local club, Despite being “really bad” at first, he soon improved, persevered and now loves the feeling of racing.

“It’s the thrill of racing, the feelings in the final moments of the race that I love. It’s also a tactical game, it’s not an easy game to play but if you’re strong enough to play it, it’s good. If you win, it’s the best high.”

Edo harbours ambitions of becoming a Belgian Classics rider, and he loves watching the pro riders tackling “beautiful” races he believes suit him. And with a third place at E3 Harelbeke Junior, a fourth at Paris Roubaix Juniors and sixth at La Philippe Gilbert Juniors this season, it is no wonder he caught the attention of the development program. Now he hopes to improve tactically, and gain experience riding as a team.

Away from cycling, Edo studies physiotherapy and will balance that qualification alongside training. He also enjoys seeing his friends and catching up with them.

Results

2018
1 Team Time Trial Tour du Pays de Vaud
3 Junioren Record Bank E3 Harelbeke
3 Stage 3a Tour du Pays de Vaud
4 Roubaix Juniors Paris
6 La Philippe Gilbert juniors
2017
1 Junioren Record Bank E3 Harelbeke
5 Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten
60 Menen-Kemmel-Menen
66 Guido Reybrouck Classic
98 Nokere Koerse voor Juniores Danilith