Thymen Arensman (22) has put himself completely on the map this year. The top talent of DSM rode a very attacking Giro, but there was no reward.
He flushed through his two second places in this Vuelta with a prestigious victory over the Sierra Nevada.
“I win the queen stage and I have to let that sink in for a while,” he told our reporter Christophe Vandegoor on the giant.
“This Vuelta has already been a journey of discovery for myself. What have I already learned? That I might be a little better than I think.”
“Apparently I’m also performing reasonably well at altitude and the further the race goes, the better I feel.”
“I’ve noticed that in previous Grand Tours, but now I’m focusing more on a classification,” says the current number 8.
“Then you have to stand there every day and see how your body reacts. But I will take this with me to the future.”
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Thymen Arensman is one of the many young people who rapidly leave their mark on contemporary cycling.
And the Dutchman is also one of the countless riders who have a past in the field.
Arensman won, among other things, the Dutch National Championships for the juniors and the Koppenbergcross for the promises.
“I really like it,” he says about the cross. “I hope it comes again, but it also depends on my team.”
“If they have other intentions, I understand that. Unfortunately I have a bit more talent on the road than in the field. I am not explosive enough.”
But why not outline a program like Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel? That doesn’t do them any harm.
“I think so too, but it’s especially important to do what I like.”
Then Arensman will have to knock on the door of Sir Dave Brailsford and his staff. Arensman is leaving DSM for Ineos Grenadiers, although that transfer has still not been confirmed.
“If that’s going to be my new team, I’ll try to say that,” he winked.