Minne Verboom: “I want to become a complete cyclist”
Minne Verboom joined the Academy at the end of 2017 after a very successful last year in the junior ranks, showing that he was one of the strongest in the peloton by winning time trials, single stages as well as stage races. The 18-year is fresh off the first team training camp of 2018 in Loutraki, Greece. “All in all the camp was pretty hard. We trained a lot so I am feeling quite tired right and I will take it easy in the coming day. But it was a great experience and I believe that it will pay off later in the season” highlights the young Dutchman. 

The winter training period has been really important for the 2017 Junior Dutch National champion as he had a long off season. Since late August Verboom has pinned the numbers just one more time, for the Junior World Championships celebrated in Bergen. “My shape is getting better and better every week and that gives my confidence. I am sure that at the end of the second camp I will be more than ready for the races, because I am really looking forward to show myself in the U23 races”. 

Verboom showed himself last year as one of the best riders in the Junior category dominating all types of races, but he is ready to change his mindset to keep growing as a bike rider. “I want to improve in a lot of aspects and become a complete cyclist. For example I will train my sprinting skills so I can help my teammates as a part of the lead-out train, and of course I want to keep improving with my time trialing ability. Also, I will work on my climbing so I can perform well in races like Tour de Bretagne or the ones in the Ardennes. With the type of racing program of the team puts together you have to go fast in all types of terrains”.