Melle, Belgium
Playstation, reading, coffee
Favourite food
Rabbit in brown sauce
Favourite TV show
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite race
Pais Vasco
Louis Vervaeke


Tennis’ loss is cycling – and Team Sunweb’s – gain when it comes to Belgian Louis Vervaeke. What initially began as cross-training for the tennis player, became a long-term passion and career. After a rocky first season with the team, Louis is happy with his team performances in 2018 and remains dedicated as ever in the search of results.

“Dedication is key – if you want something you have to go for it and get it and focus 100 percent in order to achieve it, not just in sport, but also in life. I really like the suffering and the honesty of the sport – in the mountains, if you’re good, you’re there. You have the results.

“The feeling after a really hard race and really hard training – to be completely empty and give everything you have in your body, is so satisfying, even if you didn’t get the result you wanted.”

The climbing / time-trialling specialist, who finished 11th in the 2016 Tour of the Basque Country, is aiming to take another step this season, and ensure he is with the team leader in the final moments in the mountains of some of the toughest races in the WorldTour calendar. This attitude, he finds is much in line with the values Team Sunweb exercise.

“The values of Team Sunweb can be applied to cycling and in real life too.  To keep looking for extra points of improvement – this is the only way you can get higher. I like to be surrounded by specialist people who know the best of what they are doing. That is one of the key points of this team – there are experts in every area.”

Louis, 25, is curious, with a wide range of interests in life. He is always open to learning more, and enjoys reading and playing the playstation, but one of his biggest passions off the bike is speed – he loves cars and races around the track with his friends.

Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb


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