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DAAN HOOLE

The latest Dutch sensation to come out of the SEG Academy

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Avery tall Dutch rider with prospects in the classics, then? Daan Hoole is stepping up to the WorldTour in 2022 with Trek-Segafredo after four years with the talent factory that is SEG Racing.

What has he achieved with SEG?

The Dutchman finished ninth at this year’s Tour de l’Avenir. Daan explains: “With the Dutch squad we were very successful and the way we were riding I enjoyed it. Finishing ninth in the GC is something I never thought I was able to do, as I am 198cm and 82 kilos. This was the first time I enjoyed climbing in the big mountains.”

Is there anything else notable in his results?

In one of his first races as a stagiaire with Trek-Segafredo, Daan finished eighth at Binche-Chimay-Binche, ahead of multiple top pros. He’s looking forward to his big move, and he is ready to “get to know all my team-mates and ride the biggest races in the world at the highest level. And really try to compete and get great results with the team”.

How did he find SEG?

He really enjoyed it. Daan told Procycling: “I really feel like I developed over the years I rode with SEG. They had the knowledge to develop a rider and get them ready for the next step to the WorldTour. And the vibe in the team was always great. It was really a group of friends, every year. I think that contribute­d to all the success.”

What’s he best at?

Daan is a bit of a strong rouleur, if you were wondering. He finished sixth at this year’s U23 World Champs time trial. As a big strong rider he also enjoys the cobbled classics, so watch out for him in the opening months of the season.

How did he get into cycling?

Pretty similar to a lot of Dutch youngsters, apparently: “My dad just rode his bike sometimes with some friends and because of that my brother started to cycle and race. One day I had to go with my parents to a stage race my brother was riding. Then I fell in love with the sport and really wanted to also do races. Over the years it became more serious.”

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