Julia
Soek

Residence
Bussum, the Netherlands
Age
27
Nickname
Juul
Height
167cm
Twitter
@JuliaSoek
Hobbies
Drinking coffee with Floortje
Favourite food
Dinner at my dads restaurant!
Favourite TV show
How I Met Your Mother
Favourite holiday destination
California
Favourite race
Ronde van Vlaanderen
Julia Soek

 

Road captain Julia Soek is now in her sixth season with Team Sunweb and feels right at home. But cycling wasn’t always in her plans. Growing up, Julia was originally doing judo before suffering an injury which forced her to the sidelines.

“My father was a cyclist and raced when he was younger. He bought me a bike, and I had to do something. So I started riding, then racing and got in a small team in my first year. It wasn’t really planned, to be in a WorldTour team, when I started. My development as a rider was so unexpected. All I’ve done is the best I can.”

In a team that takes pride in developing young talent, the Dutchwoman joked she “feels a little bit old now!” But as well as being on hand to help other riders with their development, she still seeks improvements herself.

“I was disappointed with my 2018 season. I want to open 2019 in the best shape possible, and continue to develop my skills as captain. Even aged 27, I have a lot to improve on the bike. You are never finished. Seeing younger riders like Juliette and Liane develop -that is motivation for me too.”

“As captain you have to stand for the vision of the team, as a rider, not a staff member. You have to be real, honest and say what you stand for. It’s all about openness, honesty and trust, with everyone saying it how it is. If you can create that, it’s really important, especially in a race where tactics and communication are key.”

Off the bike, Julia is midway through a degree in marketing and communications of commercial economic and promises when she graduates (hopefully this season) she will throw a massive party to celebrate.

Her parents also own a restaurant that she works in during holidays.

“It serves local produce, from the Netherlands – I have a lot to do with food and wine and love cooking. Italian and Indonesian are my favourite types of food.”

Results

2018
7 Team Time Trial Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
25 Stage 1 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM
33 Drentse Acht van Westerveld
35 Road Race National Championships Netherlands WE
36 Women's WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe
2017
1 Erondegemse Pijl (Erpe-Mere)
3 Team Time Trial Healthy Ageing Tour
13 Stage 1b Healthy Ageing Tour
14 Team Time Trial Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
15 Healthy Ageing Tour
2016
7 Stage 4a Energiewacht Tour
7 Team Time Trial Boels Rental Ladies Tour
8 Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda
9 Crescent Women World Cup Vargarda TTT
11 Team Time Trial Energiewacht Tour