Team Sunweb rider Joris Nieuwenhuis rode to a podium finish in the Under-23 race at the final round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup series Sunday in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. The 21-year-old, who recently won the Dutch U23 men’s national championship for the second straight year, finished the World Cup season on a high note ahead of the upcoming World Championships in Valkenburg.
“Today was finally a good race again,” Nieuwenhuis said after finishing third behind race winner Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and second-place Thomas Pidcock of Great Britain. “Just like Zolder, I could find my own rhythm and just ride my own race.”
Dry weather in Hoogerheide made for a fast track. Niewenhuis, riding his TCX Advanced Pro with a Giant WheelSystem and wearing the Giant Rev helmet, showed sharp skills and power to compete with the frontrunners in the U23 race. “I was in a battle with two Belgians, but on the last lap I could make up the difference and get that last podium spot,” he said.
Team Sunweb coach Herman Snoeijink said Nieuwenhuis’s form looks promising ahead of the UCI World Championships in Valkenburg. “After hard training on the World Championships track in Valkenburg yesterday, Joris did a great job today,” he said. “With that result, we can look forward to next weekend.”