Nicholas
Roche

Residence
Monaco, France
Age
35
Height
1.78m
Nickname
Nico
Twitter
@nicholasroche
Hobbies
Travelling
Favourite food
Tagliatelle al tartufo bianco
Favourite TV show
La Casa de Papel
Favourite holiday destination
Anywhere I haven't been yet!
Favourite race
Vuelta a España

After making the switch to the team in 2019, Nicholas enjoyed a strong second half to the season which saw him wear the leader’s jersey at the Vuelta a España for three stages before unfortunately abandoning the race after a crash.

“Abandoning after the crash hasn’t made me hungrier so to say because I was always hungry. It was good to show that in 2019 I was back to a good level and it shows that 2018 was just a bad year.”

Nicholas holds the honour of the being the oldest rider on the team for 2020 but the Irishman says he still feels like he learns something every day from his teammates, and that the guys help keep him youthful. Although with a smile on his face, he jokes about one of his potential roles in the team.

“When you go and see your grandad and he tells you stories about the war and you just sit and listen; I think I will have that kind of role but with a different age group, sharing my experiences on and off the bike.”

Nicholas Roche | Team Sunweb
Nicholas Roche | Team Sunweb
Nicholas Roche | Team Sunweb
Nicholas Roche | Team Sunweb

Multifaceted, alongside his cycling career on the bike Nicholas also operates a couple of cycling related businesses, which he uses to disconnect himself from his on bike performances. Something that he has learned over time is important to do so that he doesn’t dwell on any mistakes that he has made.

“In the cycling world some people would see it as a distraction but it is my way to switch off. When I go into my room and open my notebook and computer and start writing everything down, I don’t think about training or races. I just focus on the business and completely disconnect myself from races.”

Nicholas understands the cruel nature of the sport and that nothing lasts forever, noting that during a Grand Tour the previous days stage winner is almost forgotten as the race continues. However, he uses that as a positive thing and as a drive to improve.

“It is important to focus and soak in those moments when you can but that is where Keep Challenging comes in; you need to continuously try and do it again. Keep the mentality of not being satisfied with what you have done, always challenge yourself to improve.”

Results

2020
2 National Championships Ireland Road Race
2 National Championships Ireland ITT
6 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 2
7 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var
8 Tour de France Stage 16
10 Tour de France Stage 12
13 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 3
18 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Points Classification
19 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 1
22 Tour de France Stage 4
2019
2 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 2
3 Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial
3 La Vuelta ciclista a España Team Time Trial
4 Tour de France Team Time Trial
6 Tour de France Stage 9
10 Tour de Suisse
12 Tour de Suisse Stage 9
13 Tour de Suisse Stage 7
14 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 5
15 Tour de France Stage 12
2018
4 Japan Cup Cycle Road Race
5 Arctic Race of Norway
5 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 4
6 National Championships Ireland Road Race
8 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 11
9 Tour of Oman Stage 5
10 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
10 Arctic Race of Norway Stage 2
10 Arctic Race of Norway Stage 4
11 Arctic Race of Norway Stage 3