Daan Hoole joined the Academy ahead of the 2018 season and hit the ground running with a third place in the U23 Dutch TT nationals in his first year in the category, and in 2019 he emerged as one of the best time trial specialists of the U23 ranks with a record of finishing all his time trials efforts in the Top 10, including the U23 Dutch TT national title and well-deserved sixth place in the U23 Europeans TT and a Top 10 in the U23 Worlds time trial.
Despite the unusual structure and unfolding of the 2020 season, Hoole has kept on developing his time trialing skills and his well-doing in one-day classics. “It’s been a strange season but I think that we can be happy with how everything has gone so far and the fact that we could race. Personally, I look back to a bit of bad luck with a badly-timed crash in the U23 Dutch Nationals that did not allow me to be at the 100% at the U23 Europeans TT. It was a bit of a disappointment because I felt really strong” highlights Hoole.
Despite that there are some late-season races in the schedule, the 21-year old already looks back to a productive year in which he has developed one further as a rider. “I think that I really improved as an overall rider. I became stronger, it’s a pity that I did not have many chances to show it, but I’m happy with my progress. Also, working with CyclingLab we have improved my position on the TT bike, which was motivating”.