Nils
Eekhoff

Residence
Rijsenhout, the Netherlands
Age
20
Nickname
DJ
Height
189cm
Twitter
@nilseekhoff
Hobbies
Cycling, skiing, gaming
Favourite food
Pizza
Favourite TV show
Suits
Favourite holiday destination
Italy
Favourite race
Paris-Roubaix

 

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 Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy Prologue
2 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Stage 1
2 National Championships Netherlands U23 ITT
3 Paris-Tours Espoirs
3 Grand Prix Priessnitz spa Prologue
4 Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy Stage 3
6 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Points Classification
7 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Stage 2
8 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain Stage 8
8 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain Team Time Trial
2017
1 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
2 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Mountains Classification
3 Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux Youth Classification
6 Grand Prix Criquielion
7 Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy Prologue
8 Trofej Porec Porec Trophy
8 Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste Stage 1
10 National Championships Netherlands U23 Road Race
10 Boucles de la Mayenne Stage 1
10 Ronde van Midden Nederland Team Time Trial
2016
1 Course de la Paix Juniors Points Classification
1 Course de la Paix Juniors Stage 4
1 Ronde des Vallées Stage 2 (ITT)
2 Paris Roubaix Juniors
2 Tour du Pays de Vaud Stage 1
2 Ronde des Vallées
3 Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich Team Time Trial
4 Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich Stage 3b
4 Ronde des Vallées Mountains Classification
4 Course de la Paix Juniors Stage 1