Our Daan Hoole just completed his second year in the U23. The Dutch rider, who moved up from the Junior ranks to the Academy in 2018, looks back to a solid season as he makes yet another step in his development. “I look to a positive 2019, it was a really good year for me. My goal was to develop myself as a bike rider in all areas and that’s what we did with the Performance Staff. Also, I was able to improve in what it’s kind of my specialty, time trials” points out Hoole, who completed 2019 never having finished outside the Top 10 in any of the time trials of the season.
In late-June, Hoole crowned himself as U23 Dutch National Time Trial champion before riding to sixth in the U23 Europeans TT Championships and seizing a Top 10 placement in the U23 World Championships TT, which proved him as one of the most consistent riders in the category when riding against the clock. “The win in the U23 Nationals, as well as the results in the U23 European Championships and Worlds, were the main highlights of my season. However, there are some races that I still have in my mind as things did not go as plan. Not being able to race for a result in Tour of Flanders, or being too far back in the U23 Worlds Road Race when the echelons happened, are things that I am still frustrated about”.
Hoole, who with Top 10 finishes in races like Lillehammer GP and Ronde van Overijssel and 11th in Paris Roubaix U23 (a race he powered to second as a Junior) shows that he also knows how to get around one-day races, is already focussed on 2020 with a strong mindset. “My goals for the coming season will be the same ones as in 2019. I want to keep on developing myself and become a more complete bike rider. For sure I’ll pay extra attention to time trials and everything around it, with the U23 Europeans and the U23 World Championships being two important targets in my season”.