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If no championships, I will be very disappointed
The next new asset of the Lotto Soudal Ladies team that we introduce to you is Teuntje Beekhuis. This 24-year-old Dutch rider only joined the elite peloton last season. She participated in a talent day organized by Parkhotel Valkenburg and was offered a traineeship afterwards. In the shirt of the Biehler Pro Cycling Team she claimed amongst other the twelfth place at the Erondegemse Pijl, the twelfth place on the sixth stage of the Tour Cycliste Feminin de l’Ardèche and the seventh place on stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos this year. In 2020 she will further pursue her dreams, as a Lotto Soudal rider.
Teuntje Beekhuis: “In 2018 I took part in the talent day of Parkhotel Valkenburg. I had already been cycling as a hobby for several years. Before that, I had ridden horseback for many years and I was eager to compete again. People told me to grab my chance and start racing. And so I decided to apply for a licence. In the summer of 2018 I participated in the talent day of Parkhotel Valkenburg. The day was filled with performance tests, measurements and interviews. The team offered me a traineeship afterwards.”
I have a lot of perseverance and I don’t give up easily.
Teuntje Beekhuis: “When I applied for a licence I never thought that things would change so fast and that I would be racing for Lotto Soudal in 2020. This transfer is another step forward. I hope to further develop myself within the team. I want to focus on climbing. The past year I noticed that’s my strong point. Also when cycling was just a hobby, I felt that tougher courses suited me and above all I also enjoyed it. The Giro Rosa and Amstel Gold Race are my dream races.”
“I also want to learn more about the tactical side of things and that’s definitely possible in such an experienced team as Lotto Soudal. Most women in the peloton have already been racing for many years, since they were young, and I notice that I have a lack of tactical insight. Because I still need to learn a lot, it’s difficult to say something about personal results. I will mainly support Julie Van De Velde and the team in tougher races. I hope to get the best out of myself. I have a lot of perseverance and Idon’t give up easily. That will no doubt come in handy.”
Photos: Van Alst Photography