Nils’ grandfather and father both harboured ambitions of racing bikes. Nils remembers them watching cycling religiously, and after quitting judo, bike racing seemed a logical step for the young Dutchman.
In his second ever training session, he broke his collarbone, but he never wanted to quit.
A punchy classics rider who loves one-day racing, Nils believes he “has some guts” when he’s racing, a fast finish and is always willing to take a risk. After a consistent year, in which he won a stage of the Istrian Spring Trophy and finished third at Paris-Tours Espoirs, Nils is ready to step up once again in 2019 with the team.
“I am hard on myself if things don’t go right, I get stuck in a downward spiral, but once I get a good feeling once again, I am motivated for the adrenaline, the buzz, the kick and winning.”
Straight-talking and ambitious, the 20-year-old is also the self-appointed team DJ pre-race, with teammates describing his music taste and love of rap music as “typically Dutch”. In life, Nils enjoys spending time with friends in Amsterdam and gaming.