Thymen Arensman, cycling’s Clark Kent: Monday-Friday, just a regular high school student. Sunday,Tour de l’Avenir podium finisher.
What about him?
Thymen Arensman joined the Academy in 2018 from the junior ranks after showing that talent in road racing as well as cyclo-cross. In 2018 he combined his racing and training programs with his last year in high-school and graduated during the summer time and enroled in History studies in the University of Utrecht. The multi-talented rider has been an example of time planning during his stay at the Academy.
How did he perform?
In his first season at the Academy he took the world by storm. We knew about his potential, but certainly the world was not expecting him to finish 3rd in his first ever Paris Roubaix in the U23 category. After a solid opening prologue in the Giro d’Italia U23 he suffered a crash that resulted into a broken colloarbone. Once again he showed his inner fighting spirit and his amazing talent and did not only successfully recovered from that, but also went on to finish second overall in the most prestigious U23 race, the Tour de l’Avenir.
What was next after the Academy?
Such a presentation card, brought a lot of interest from the WorldTour teams as he quickly rised as the of the most prominenet and most complete riders of his generation. Team Sunweb offered Thymen the plan that best matched what he wanted, and he signed a deal with the Dutch-based team that started as from summer 2020.