Nils
Eekhoff

Residence
Rijsenhout, the Netherlands
Age
20
Twitter
@nilseekhoff
Nickname
DJ
Hobbies
Cycling, skiing, gaming
Favourite food
Pizza
Favourite TV show
Suits
Favourite holiday destination
Italy
Favourite race
Paris-Roubaix
Nils Eekhoff

 

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.

“It’s good to be around people in Team Sunweb, focusing on development, taking your time, and progressing naturally, rather than under pressure. Cycling is all about challenging yourself, on the bike and personally and socially too.

“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.”

Nils, who counts his “incredible” victory at Paris Roubaix Espoirs as his greatest achievement and a “dream come true”, describes himself as an open and social guy who is committed and determined to achieve his goals.

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.

Results

2018
1 Prologue Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy
2 Stage 1 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux
2 ITT National Championships Netherlands U23
3 Paris-Tours Espoirs
3 Prologue Grand Prix Priessnitz spa
2017
1 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
2 Mountains Classification Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux
3 Youth Classification Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux
6 Grand Prix Criquielion
7 Prologue Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy
2016
1 Points Classification Course de la Paix Juniors
1 Stage 4 Course de la Paix Juniors
1 Stage 2 (ITT) Ronde des Vallées
2 Roubaix Juniors Paris
2 Stage 1 Tour du Pays de Vaud