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2019 saw the cyclocross and road rider make the step up from the Development program to the elite men’s peloton. A break after the cross season saw Joris return to the road in May where he hit the ground running, taking his first WorldTour top ten when he finished fourth on stage 5 at the Tour of California. He swiftly followed that up with a second place at the Tour of Norway which saw him lead the young rider’s classification before ending the race in seventh on GC.

“My road season started really well and I got some good results. In California I could take fourth one day and I learned a lot there. For example, I learned how to ride a final because at junior and U23 level I never focused a lot on road so that was new experience for me. I definitely think I made a step up in 2019.”

Competitive at heart, Joris likes to see himself make steady progress during training and transferring that into good performances on the road motivates him to keep pushing himself further. When he was side-lined due to injury in 2018, Joris found out just how competitive he is.

Joris Nieuwenhuis | Team Sunweb
Joris Nieuwenhuis | Team Sunweb
Joris Nieuwenhuis | Team Sunweb
Joris Nieuwenhuis | Team Sunweb

“I didn’t have a competition for a long time so I searched for that competition in everything. When my friends and I were doing something I wanted to win, if we were playing darts or whatever, I just wanted to be the best.”

It is no surprise then that one of the main things Joris likes about racing is the competitive aspect, but the Dutchman does also enjoy switching off when out on the bike training and just taking in the surrounding nature.

Off the bike, Joris is a friendly and outgoing character and you can often find him either playing on his guitar or out on one of his motorbikes.


2 Czech Tour Team Time Trial
3 Paris Tours Elite
13 Tour de France Youth Classification
33 Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres
33 Tour de France Stage 1
36 Tour de France Stage 11
40 Tour de France Stage 10
43 Czech Tour Stage 2
46 Tour de France Stage 14
51 Tour de France Stage 21
2 Tour of Norway Stage 3
3 Tour of Norway Youth Classification
4 Amgen Tour of California Stage 5
6 European Games Road Race
7 Tour of Norway
8 PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark Stage 5
8 Tour of Norway Stage 6
12 Tour of Norway Points Classification
16 BinckBank Tour Stage 5
16 PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark Stage 4
9 Antwerp Port Epic
9 Olympia's Tour Stage 4
11 Tour Alsace Teamprologue
13 Olympia's Tour Stage 3
13 Olympia's Tour Stage 2
14 Olympia's Tour Stage 1
19 Olympia's Tour Stage 5b (ITT)
28 Brussels Cycling Classic
45 Tour Alsace Stage 1
50 Tour Alsace