Niklas
Märkl

Residence
Queidersbach, Germany
Age
21
Hobbies
Cars/Motorbikes
Twitter
@NiklasMarkl
Favourite food
A good steak
Favourite TV show
Netflix
Favourite holiday destination
Mallorca
Favourite race
Ronde van Vlaanderen

2019 was Niklas’ second year with Development Team Sunweb and he started well, picking up wins at the Istrian Spring Trophy and the Youngster Coast Challenge in March.

“The year started off great for me but then I had some down parts where it didn’t go as well as I had hoped so I’m really motivated to go well at the classics and the races that suit me.”

As one of the team’s main sprinters, Niklas doesn’t feel any added pressure from the team when going for a result but instead it motivates him for the finish as he knows how hard his teammates have worked for him. However, as a true team player he is not afraid to do his own share of work for teammates on terrain that suits them.

“When the guys work really hard for me then I also give it back and work for them too at races. I like it and I think it is a good balance that should be kept, the give and take.”

Like many riders Niklas used to play other sports when he was younger, notably football and tennis, but around the age of ten he focused on cycling and hasn’t looked back since. Often training with his younger brother, he enjoys the social side of the sport and getting to experience new places.

However, he also likes to distance himself from the sport during his downtime and relaxes with non-cycling friends, going out for coffee or food.

Someone that takes the team’s philosophy of Keep Challenging to heart, Niklas is motivated to develop as a rider and become more consistent, challenging for more results.

“Keep Challenging is a good idea – never be fully satisfied, even when you win as there are always improvements to be made, you should keep on being hungry for more and more. That is how you get better.”

Results

2020
3 Trofej Umag Umag Trophy
10 Trofej Poreč Poreč Trophy
25 Craft Ster van Zwolle
2019
1 Youngster Coast Challenge
1 Istarsko Proljeće - Istrian Spring Trophy Prologue
4 Grand Prix Criquielion
4 Tour de l'Avenir Stage 1
5 Okolo Slovenska / Tour de Slovaquie Youth Classification
5 Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux Stage 3
6 Trofej Umag Umag Trophy
6 Tour Alsace Teamprologue
9 Tour de l'Avenir Team Time Trial
9 Tour de l'Avenir Points Classification
2018
2 Olympia's Tour Stage 4
3 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Youth Classification
4 Olympia's Tour Stage 1
6 Olympia's Tour Points Classification
7 Olympia's Tour Youth Classification
8 Olympia's Tour Stage 5b (ITT)
13 National Championships Germany U23 ITT
16 Olympia's Tour Stage 6
17 Olympia's Tour
17 Tour Alsace Teamprologue