I’m Nils Eekhoff, and in this edition of our rider diary, I’d like to give you all an exclusive glimpse inside my life while whilst being a rider at Team dsm-firmenich.
I joined the Development program in 2017 and – for me as a young guy coming from the Juniors – everything was completely new for me. At my first team camp, it was really nice to be able to mix amongst the Men’s program and I was extremely eager to perform right away and develop my teamwork, which was a significant distinction with the Juniors. I began studying sports marketing during that year, but I soon stopped to devote all my attention to cycling. After the results started to come in, such my win at the U23 Paris-Roubaix, I also recognised the potential.
That was a really great few years. To be honest, I’m a bit jealous of the guys on the Development program now. You can train with your teammates at the lovely Sittard Aqua-Step Keep Challenging Center. And now they have the opportunity to also race amongst the Men’s program which is really nice, the setup has really improved. It’s also encouraging to see that the flow through to the Men’s program continues with lots of talent coming through.