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 cyclocross. In 2018 he combined his racing and training programs with his last year in high school and graduated during the summertime and enrolled 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 in a broken collarbone. Once again he showed his inner fighting spirit and his amazing talent and did not only successfully recover 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 rose as the of the most prominent 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 in from the summer of 2020. He hit the gound running very quickly, and he was selected for La Vuelta and came close to winning one stage. In the two years that followed, Thymen only got better as did the results. He won the Best Young Rider Classification at the Tour of Romandie, was third in La Vuelta time trial, and won his first WorldTour stage in the Tour of Poland on his way to getting second in the overall standings.