Born December 2, 1993 in Ulft, he arrived at the Academy as a fourth year U23 rider without specialty
What about him?
Koen is a fantastic character; positive, happy and loyal; the perfect teammate. His ticket to pro level was a result of his consistency. We knew he could climb!
How did he perform?
He developed as we like it the most: progressively. First in the shadow of Alex Peters, but then he came out at the moment we expected, delivering very solid performances from Tour de Normandie until Tour de Alsace. The absolute highlight of his development: winning the queen stage of the Giro Valle d’Aosta on the Colle del Gran San Bernardo. After that win, things went fast.
What was next for him after the Academy?
Together with Koen, we turned down some offers for him to become professional at Pro Continental level and took the chance for a traineeship at Team Lotto-Jumbo. It didn’t take long to convince the team’s staff – after Tour of Britain he signed for two years. In June 2017 during the famous Criterium du Dáuphine, Koen wrote Academy history as he became the first ever Alumni to take a stage win in the professional ranks. Not happy with that he also brought home the KOM jersey. However, he was decided to keep making history and in 2022 he won two stages at the Giro d’Italia and took home the Maglia Azzurra as the best climber of the race. Seven years after graduating from the Academy, he keeps on improving and being a very valuable asset at one of the best teams in the world.