As from today, Thymen Arensman is officially part of the Team Sunweb. The deal that linked Arensman to the WorldTour squad was announced last summer, but it specified that the rider would remain within the Academy structure for the first half of the 2020 in order to ultimate his development and make the last steps in his transition towards a career in the professional ranks.
“I look back to two and a half years of learning a lot. I remember joining the team as a 17-year old junior at the October team building camp and how impressed I was was with the team and all those older stronger riders. I was really looking up to the older guys. In the team camps at Greece and in the first months of working together with the staff I already learned a lot. I started training more seriously with the help of the performance staff and immediately in my first year that paid off with great results in races like Paris Roubaix U23 and Tour de l’Avenir” highlights Arensman.
The now 20-year old, hit the ground running in his first year with the Academy as he wrapped up some solid performances in races like Eschborn Frankfurt U23 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23, before showcasing his bike-handling skills with a third place in Paris Roubaix as a first year. 2018 ended on a high note as Arensman finished second overall in the Tour de l’Avenir.
“It’s easy to say that those results were my key highlight, and they definitely were some real highlights. But maybe I have learned the most from the year 2019. I had some really bad crashes and bad luck and so couldn’t show what I was capable of. In this period I learned the most with the help of all the people involved in the team. That period made me the person who I am today. A lot of guys can ride a bike really fast, but in a period we’re you struggle I found out that you learn more with the right people at your side to improve yourself. I see this period of improving myself with the help of the team as my key highlight of my stay in the Academy”.
From the Academy we want to wish Thymen Arensman all the best in his professional career and we are proud of having played a part in his development.