Louis
Vervaeke

Residence
Melle, Belgium
Age
25
Height
181cm
Nickname
Luigi
Hobbies
Playstation, reading, coffee
Favourite food
Rabbit in brown sauce
Favourite TV show
Homeland
Favourite holiday destination
Girona
Favourite race
Pais Vasco

 

Tennis’ loss is cycling – and Team Sunweb’s – gain when it comes to Belgian Louis Vervaeke. What initially began as cross-training for the tennis player, became a long-term passion and career. After a rocky first season with the team, Louis is happy with his team performances in 2018 and remains dedicated as ever in the search of results.

“Dedication is key – if you want something you have to go for it and get it and focus 100 percent in order to achieve it, not just in sport, but also in life. I really like the suffering and the honesty of the sport – in the mountains, if you’re good, you’re there. You have the results.

“The feeling after a really hard race and really hard training – to be completely empty and give everything you have in your body, is so satisfying, even if you didn’t get the result you wanted.”

The climbing / time-trialling specialist, who finished 11th in the 2016 Tour of the Basque Country, is aiming to take another step this season, and ensure he is with the team leader in the final moments in the mountains of some of the toughest races in the WorldTour calendar. This attitude, he finds is much in line with the values Team Sunweb exercise.

“The values of Team Sunweb can be applied to cycling and in real life too.  To keep looking for extra points of improvement – this is the only way you can get higher. I like to be surrounded by specialist people who know the best of what they are doing. That is one of the key points of this team – there are experts in every area.”

Louis, 25, is curious, with a wide range of interests in life. He is always open to learning more, and enjoys reading and playing the playstation, but one of his biggest passions off the bike is speed – he loves cars and races around the track with his friends.

Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb
Louis Vervaeke | Team Sunweb

Results

2019
25 Paris - Nice Stage 5 (ITT)
28 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 3 (ITT)
46 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 2
47 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta
58 Paris - Nice Stage 4
65 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 5
68 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite
78 Paris - Nice Stage 2
82 La Flèche Wallonne
99 Paris - Nice Stage 1
2018
6 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 3
7 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Youth Classification
7 National Championships Belgium ITT
7 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 1
8 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain Team Time Trial
9 Hammer Sportzone Limburg
9 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 2
17 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5
18 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
20 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 4
2017
2 Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
4 Hammer Sportzone Limburg
4 Trofeo Andratx-Mirador des Colomer
6 Abu Dhabi Tour Youth Classification
9 Tour of Norway Mountains Classification
9 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Team Time Trial
9 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 1
10 Gree - Tour of Guangxi Youth Classification
15 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 3
19 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 6