Van Dijke close to stage victory in Tour of Luxembourg
Tim van Dijke has finished third in the second stage of the Tour of Luxembourg. ...
Since 2020, 21-year-old Archie Ryan has been part of Team Jumbo-Visma's development team. The Irishman got the opportunity to join the professional squad this year and sealed his debut with a stage win in the Tour of Slovakia. Let's look back on his cycling season.
Ryan is satisfied with the past season. "Finally, everything fell into place. Despite the setbacks I faced in the past, I persisted in working hard, and now it finally turned out the way I had hoped. I have a team around me that always supports me. They have my sincere gratitude for that. This year, everything came together, and I'm delighted with it."
In the Okola Slovenska, the Irishman made his World Tour team debut and won the second stage. "It was an honour to ride for the World Tour team. That was something I had desired for a couple of years. To be able to show up at the start was already amazing. I'll never forget crossing the finish line first in a sprint. That was quite an experience." Ryan demonstrated at the Tour de l'Avenir that he ranks among the best in the U23 category. "I was delighted with that stage race. I knew I could do it, but it's always wonderful to have your confidence validated."
"I have a team around me that always supports me. They have my sincere gratitude for that. This year, everything came together, and I'm delighted with it"
He is at his best when the road is inclining. "Undoubtedly, I enjoy climbing. It's one of my strongest qualities, and we keep working hard to improve it with the team during training sessions and in races." In recent years, Ryan has developed in different areas. "I am racing more frequently, which has aided in my development. My body can handle the training intensity better, and I haven't had injuries for a while. The team deserves my gratitude for helping me."
Ryan is already looking ahead to next season as preparation for the new cycling season has begun. "I actually hope to have a season like the one I had last year. I want to take advantage of the opportunities I get. I'm hoping for a victory in the overall classification. In addition, I'm hoping to gain experience in different races with the World Tour team."