The 20-year-old Dutchman will make the switch to the Soudal – Quick-Step Development Team in 2023.
Pepijn Reinderink excels in the hills and has proven his climbing skills several times. This season he had a strong outing at the Alpes Isère Tour with two top ten places, but can look back with satisfaction also on the Tour of the Alps, where he raced against the pros. Unfortunately, Pepijn’s season came to an end early due to a collision during training, but despite this setback he is already thinking of 2023.
“It feels special to come to the DEVO team. The World Tour squad is one of the top teams in the cycling world, and I also like Belgian teams. At the juniors I rode for Balen BC. This year I couldn’t go a lot for my own chances, but I still look back on things with a good feeling. Unfortunately, I now have a torn tendon due to a collision during training, when the brackets ended up against my knees. I have to rehabilitate, but I’m very motivated to come back strong next year.”
Pepijn combined football and cycling for a moment, but his love for the bike quickly prevailed: “Doing both became difficult, and I just found cycling much nicer. My father had biked himself and I always looked up to that. My brother Joris is also a cyclist and it’s special to share the same passion. You also have the same ultimate goal, becoming a professional rider and that makes our bond even stronger. But in addition to the bike, I have other hobbies as well, like listening to music and fishing, which is one of my passions.”
Team manager Bart Roosens looks forward to working with the Dutchman: “Having raced for Balen BC as a junior, Pepijn got a good youth education. We took him in the team because he’s a very strong climber who has already racked up some good results. However, I’m convinced that he still has a lot in his power and we will help him to further develop his talent.”