Franziska
Koch

Residence
Sittard, Netherlands
Age
19
Nickname
Franzi
Hobbies
Cooking, reading
Favourite Food
Spinach
Favourite TV show
-
Favourite holiday destination
Italy
Favourite race
Tour of Norway

New to the team in 2019, talented young German rider Franziska started racing in the team’s colours from August. Impressed by the professionalism and unphased by the step up in level, she quickly settled into the racing rhythm where a strong second part of the season saw her pick up a thrilling maiden victory at the Boels Ladies Tour.

“It was unbelievable to take my win at the Boels Ladies Tour. We rode incredibly well as a team that day. Winning is always nice and I’m really happy that I could already take a win for the team.”

Franziska hails from a cycling background and from a young age her dad wanted to teach her about cycling, so she started off on the mountain bike because it was “more stable”, before taking up road cycling once her confidence and technique had grown. As a youngster, Franziska was sport crazy and also did swimming, athletics and gymnastics before deciding that she had the most fun on two wheels.

Franziska Koch | Team Sunweb
Franziska Koch | Team Sunweb
Franziska Koch | Team Sunweb
Franziska Koch | Team Sunweb

Ambitious and driven, Franziska is motivated by her big dreams of being one of the best cyclists in the world in the future, where she hopes to take some good results in the classics.

“I want to be one of the best cyclists in the world so I will keep challenging myself until I reach that level; and even if I get there, there will always be aspects that can be improved on.”

Level-headed, Franziska knows that it will take time to reach her goals and she wants to take in as much information from the team as possible; learning from the other riders on the team but also the coaches and experts.

“I want to continue to learn more and get better, becoming more of a later support rider in the finale and help the team to get good results. I’m looking forward to still working hard for the team this year. It feels just as good to help someone else win as it does winning yourself.”

Results

2020
18 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-vrouwen elite / Circuit Het Nieuwsblad-Femmes Elite
2019
1 Festival Elsy Jacobs Youth Classification
1 Boels Ladies Tour Stage 4
3 Boels Ladies Tour Youth Classification
3 Festival Elsy Jacobs Stage 1
4 Festival Elsy Jacobs
4 WNT Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Youth Classification
4 National Championships Germany WE Road Race
5 European Continental Championships WU23 Road Race
6 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 2
6 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Youth Classification
2017
3 National Championships Germany WJ ITT
25 World Championships WJ Road Race