Tom grew up in Maastricht, the cycling hub of the Netherlands, but he only started riding in his teenage years. His passion for racing grew with age and in his late teens he realised that he wanted to give the sport his full attention. It’s clear to see that Tom knows exactly what he wants and aims for the top.
The 2014 season was a real breakthrough year for Tom and confirmation of his raw talent and of the hard work that he and the team have been putting in to help him reach the top. Tom’s key strength is his time trial, but he converts this well over into his road racing and, using his quick turn of speed, he came away with some big results last year.
Against the clock, Tom has proved himself as one of the world’s strongest, not only winning the Dutch national title, but finishing third at the World Championships and taking three other professional victories. Combine these results with all the other places of honour that Tom notched up, and add in that he has age very much on his side, he really is a true talent and a great representation of what Team Giant-Alpecin stands for – nurturing talent and helping a rider to develop at the highest level of the sport.