Team Sunweb cyclocross racer Joris Nieuwenhuis took a big step toward regaining the form that won him the Under-23 world championship last year, riding to a podium finish at today’s UCI World Cup race in Belgium. After battling injuries through much of the season, the 21-year-old Dutchman scored an impressive third-place finish on a muddy course in Heusden-Zolder.
“Today I finally felt good again,” said Nieuwenhuis, after finishing on the podium with Thomas Pidcock of Great Britain and Eli Iserbyt of Belgium, first and second respectively. “I am still having some problems with my leg, but it was much better today. I pushed the whole race and in the end only two riders were better. They have been strong through the whole season so I’m happy that I could finish third.”
Riding his TCX Advanced Pro team bike and wearing the Giant Rev helmet, Nieuwenhuis showed sharp skills on a tricky course that was wet from rain the previous night. As he recovers from a leg injury, he is looking to regain peak form for the key races in January and February.
“The most important part of today is that I am finally feeling good,” Nieuwenhuis said. “That was my goal, and I’m pleased that I’ve succeeded with that. We will now see how I can improve towards the most important period of the year.”