Belgium’s New Hope

2 March 2016

Jasper Stuyven. He was born on the 17th of April, 1992. He was raised in Heverlee, a part of Leuven. At home, his nickname is ‘Jappe’. At a young age, Jasper started cycling and when he was twelve years old, he started to race in competition. His parents supported him in every way they could. His father never even missed a race of him. In 2009, he became a junior and already in his first year he won the World Championships. He jumped away from a group of riders and came solo over the finish. In 2010, he was the winner of Paris-Roubaix for juniors. He thought that this was an incredible win, also because he wore the rainbow jersey. In 2014, he joined the American team Trek Factory Racing (now known as Trek-Segafredo). This was his first year as a professional rider and was meant to be a year of learning. He started in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix to help his teammate Cancellara. At the end of the season, he was allowed to start in the Vuelta. In the flat stages he showed that he had the power to sprint with the best sprinters of the peloton, which brought him to a fourth place three times. This surprised everyone, because no one expected that he could sprint that fast. In 2015, he felt strong in the beginning of the season. Nevertheless, a crash during Strade Bianche had the consequence that he wasn’t good in the Spring classics. His next focus was the Tour de France, but a virus made an end to that goal. His disappointment was big, but he motivated himself for the Vuelta. He won the sprint in stage eight and thus claimed his first victory in a Grand Tour. During the winter he trained hard, because this year has to become a better year than last year. It already has a great start. With a long solo he won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne a couple of days ago. He could not believe it himself and was extremely happy. He is still figuring out what his role is in the peloton, although his goals are made up in his head. He is full of ambition and ready for more wins. He wants to ride the Spring classics and one day he wants to win the Tour of Flanders. He is even dreaming of stage wins in the Tour de France. And why shouldn’t he? Belgium is comparing him to Boonen and Museeuw already, but he hates that. He is not them. He wants to create his own history, his own victories, his own story. Jasper Stuyven. He is on his way to become Belgium’s new hope.

 
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