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After turning professional midway through 2017, Nathan Van Hooydonck has become an integral part of CCC Team’s Classics roster with his strength on the cobbles and his familiarity with his home training roads in Belgium proving to be assets for the team.
The Belgian National Road Race Championship in 2017 was a stand-out moment for Van Hooydonck as he demonstrated that he can be up at the front of the race battling against the best in the bunch before eventually crossing the line in fifth place.
As a U23 rider, Van Hooydonck impressed at Paris – Roubaix U23 in 2017 after he went on the attack on the iconic Carrefour de l’Arbre before narrowly missing out on a spot on the podium. Van Hooydonck was also the Belgian National U23 Road Race Champion in 2015 and Time Trial Champion in 2016.
I knew I wanted to be a professional cyclist when…
Cycling has been in my family for a long time so growing up in this environment made me realize that I wanted to become a professional cyclist myself.
My greatest racing memory is…
When I became U23 Belgian national champion. Another memory that isn’t my own but stands out is when my friend Igor Decraene became world champion in Firenze in the individual time trial. He was a good friend of mine and he passed away the year after he won so I will always remember this victory of his.
The race I dream of winning is…
Tour of Flanders because my uncle, Edwig, won it twice and I would like to win it once in my career.
If I wasn’t a professional cyclist, I would be…
I would probably own a nice bar.