The BasicsThis is Robert
Robert Gesink was introduced to cycling when his father purchased a mountain bike. Because he wanted to follow his example he explained cross laps in the yard of his home. But the real work started when he started riding a bike at the ´Peddelaars´ in Aalten. A large group of boys and girls could all buy a new bike at once, and Robert Gesink was one of them.
At the Junior World Championships of 2004 UCI Road World Championships in Verona, Gesink finished eighth in the individual time trial and sixth in the road race, while riding for De Peddelaars. He joined the Rabobank Continental team in 2006. Gesink initially signed a two year deal with Rabobank Continental but team manager Theo de Rooij decided to move him to the Rabobank UCI ProTeam for the 2007 season.
RockingRanking up achievements
In his first year as professional cyclist, Gesink won the young riders jersey in the Tour of California. In the same year he won his first race as professional at the queen stage in the Tour of Belgium riding away from everyone on Côte de La Redoute.
In his 2nd year as professional, in 2008, he showed progression by winning the hardest stage in the Tour of California. Gesink won the young riders jersey again and finished 9th in the general classification.
The ClimberRanking the top
Robert Gesink, at only 23 years old, debuted in the Tour de France in 2009. He crashed and broke his wrist, but showed courage by finishing the stage. After an excellent Vuelta, Gesink began the Tour again in 2010. This time he made it to Paris with a fantastic fifth place overall. It appears the Vuelta suits Gesink better. In Spain, the slender Dutchman finished seventh in 2008 and sixth in 2009 and 2012.
In small stage races and one-day races, Gesink knows his way around, as well. He placed third in the Amstel Gold Race and triumphed in races like the GP Montréal, the GP Québec, the Tour of Emilia and the Tour of California. After a strong start in the Tour Down Under with fifth overall, 2014 turned out to be an unfortunate year.
Robert Gesink was on his way to a strong Tour de France in 2017. His objective wasn’t the general classification, since he wanted to win stages. During the eighth stage to Station des Rousses, the Dutchman was close to victory, but he ultimately had to settle for the second place. His riding looked promising, until a crash in the ninth stage abruptly ended both his Tour and his season.
Until October Gesink had to wear a corset to recover from a spinal fracture. Once recovered, it went fast. “I trained and raced so much that I reached my best December level ever. I had to go a long way so I did everything I could to progress fast.”
To recover from his injury, Gesink received a lot of guidance from the team. Now he’s fully back in shape. “I’m looking forward to ride the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. The goal remains the same as last year’s: a stage win. My ambition is to have won a stage in all three grand tours. The Vuelta I have already crossed off, so I’m particularly aiming for a stage win in the Giro and the Tour.”