Gieten, the Netherlands
Cooking, ice skating
Favourite food
Pizza, Tiramisu
Favourite TV show
Foute Vrienden
Favourite holiday destination
Italia (lago di idro)
Favourite race
Strade Bianche
Janneke Ensing


A brand-new signing for Team Sunweb, Janneke Ensing joins the team hoping for both personal opportunities and team victories. The one-day specialist is already looking ahead to the Spring Classics as well as keeping one eye on the Giro Rosa, where she believes the team will be strong once again: “Team Sunweb is so professional and that’s exactly why I wanted to come here. Here we have options – sprinters at the Giro as well as Lucinda for GC, for example. I like the mix of younger and older girls, good sprinters, climbers, girls who like to attack.

“It’s really important to have goals, and keep looking forward – not just to tomorrow, but also to the future. That’s what I see here. A lot of the girls have been with the team for many years and have good plans in place. It’s all about long-term development and a professional set-up.”

But becoming a WorldTour cyclist was not a dream for team player Janneke growing up. She initially started cycling as cross training and a need to satisfy her competitive urge in the summer, alongside a sporting career as a speed skater in the Netherlands. Before long, she understood the nuances of the peloton and started racing with her first team.

She hasn’t looked back since:

“I love this sport, I love riding my bike and racing with a team. Every race is different, and you have a plan – sometimes that doesn’t work but you learn from it. There are tough days, of course and I had a hard season last year after a crash in July. Making the world championships team after that was my greatest achievement so far. Those tough times make you stronger, and things happen for a reason.”

Family-orientated, Janneke loves spending time with her loved ones between racing and training and believes her greatest achievement off the bike is becoming an aunt to her sister’s two little boys. She also loves cooking, especially Italian and Mexican food.


1 Le Samyn des Dames
6 La Classique Morbihan
6 Strade Bianche WE
9 Mountains Classification Tour de Yorkshire Womens Race
10 Tour de Yorkshire Womens Race
1 Stage 1 Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile - Memorial Michela Fanini
1 Stage 6 Boels Rental Ladies Tour
1 Mountains Classification Santos Women's Tour
1 Mountains Classification Ladies Tour of Norway
2 Stage 1 Santos Women's Tour
1 Mountains Classification La Route de France
2 Stage 5 La Route de France
2 Road Race National Championships Netherlands WE
5 La Route de France
5 Team Time Trial Boels Rental Ladies Tour