Nikias
Arndt

Residence
Cologne, Germany
Age
28
Twitter
@NikiasArndt
Nickname
Niki
Favourite Food
Sweets
Favourite TV show
Two and a Half Men
Favourite holiday destination
Greek islands
Favourite race
Tour de France/Paris-Roubaix/Tour Down Under

After a good 2018 which saw Nikias part of numerous team wins and successes, the German rider was hungry to return to winning ways himself, after missing out in 2018. Duly delivering, he raised his arms aloft at the Vuelta a España after what was an exciting and tough day in the saddle.

“I’m always hungry for success, but I’m always hungry for team success too; it doesn’t mean I have to be on the podium at the end of the day. I really enjoyed the win at the Vuelta though because I hadn’t personally won a race since 2017.”

One of the more experienced riders on the team, Nikias acts as a reliable road captain and it is a role that he relishes in.

“I enjoy being a road captain and the challenge that comes with. It can be simple, especially in the Vuelta for example when we were in the flow. It was an easy race to be a road captain; things just fell into place. Sometimes it gives me a little bit of extra pressure though, particularly in big one day races where anything can happen and you have to make quick decisions, but I like that pressure.”

Nikias Arndt | Team Sunweb
Nikias Arndt | Team Sunweb
Nikias Arndt | Team Sunweb
Nikias Arndt | Team Sunweb

Before taking up cycling Nikias played numerous sports as a youngster including jujitsu, judo, basketball and tennis, with the latter being his favourite. However, when he moved cities there was no tennis club nearby so he needed to find a new sport and soon fell in love with cycling after going along to a local club and giving it a try; eventually making his newfound hobby and passion into his world.

Someone who’s own personal ethos matches the team’s, Nikias is motivated by always seeing improvements and working together towards one common goal: being the best you can be.

Away from the sport, his friends, family and girlfriend help to keep him grounded at home and make sure he is refreshed when he returns to racing. Although the jovial German jokingly admits that it is sometimes difficult with his girlfriend because she just wants to relax at home while he wants to take the opportunity to go and visit everyone.

Results

2019
1 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 8
2 Hammer Stavanger Stage 2
2 UAE Tour Team Time Trial
2 Hammer Stavanger
3 Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial
3 La Vuelta ciclista a España Team Time Trial
3 Hammer Stavanger Stage 3
4 Tour de France Team Time Trial
4 Gree-Tour of Guangxi Stage 3
5 Hammer Stavanger Stage 1
2018
2 Tour de Suisse Team Time Trial
3 National Championships Germany ITT
5 Tour de France Team Time Trial
5 Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial
6 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
7 Tour de France Stage 8
7 Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 4 (ITT)
8 EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
9 Tour de Suisse Stage 9 (ITT)
9 Tour de France Stage 15
2017
1 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
2 Tour de France Stage 19
6 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1
6 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 3
7 Tour de France Stage 20 (ITT)
11 Tour de France Individual Time Trial
13 Tour de Suisse Stage 9 (ITT)
14 Santos Tour Down Under Points Classification
15 National Championships Germany Road Race
16 Tour de Suisse Stage 3