Jesper Rasch joined the Academy halfway 2018 as he completed the remainder of that season as a trainee. After his first full season with the team, the Dutch sprinter feels like he has been able to develop his on-the-bike abilities and he is slowly improving into the rider that he wants to become. “During this past season, I noticed that I was getting one step stronger with every workout and every race I did. That constantly made my races a bit easier. That progress was noticeable in every race. This allowed me to do better work for the team. I could also go my own chance a few times this season. In those races I showed myself well with short results” highlights Rasch. 

Rasch, who sprinted to fourth in Youngster Coaster Challenge in late-March and wrapped up a Top 10 finish at De Kustpijl in September, looks back to a positive 2019 as he already is looking forward to the coming season. “The start of the season was very positive. In the first months of the season, I often found myself fighting for the win, which was one of my main goals in the season. However, a hard crash in Schaal Sels was one of the lowest points of the year, but I learned a lot from it. I was feeling good and I wanted to show myself in a set of one-day races, but that’s part of cycling as well and even though I did not have any major injuries I was disappointed”. 

The coming season will be the last year as U23 for the 21-year old, and he’s heading into it with motivation and high ambitions. “The big win was missing in 2019 but I showed that I can participate in the finals. In 2020 I want to showcase myself as a finisher, which is my specialty. I have a lot of confidence that I can really make an impact in the category”.