Koen de Kort joined Trek-Segafredo in 2017 after eight years with Giant-Alpecin, where he was a vital lead-out man and road captain. He showed capacity in his early years, winning the Under-23 Paris-Roubaix and a stage in the 2005 Tour de l'Avenir, but has built a career as a consummate domestique, a role in which he thrives. He is a veteran of 39 Monuments, which includes 13 Paris-Roubaix and 14 Tour of Flanders, and his depth and experience are vital to the classics team. In his 19-year career, Koen has only one victory but has played a big part in some highly memorable wins. Koen's amiable personality and professional approach make him a natural leader - it's not often you'll see him without a smile. 

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If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go, and why?

Nepal. Believe it or not, I love mountains (just not for bike racing) and hiking or riding a motorbike there would be amazing.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it?

"A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit " Coach John Wooden from one of his books.

What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?

When things started really clicking at the end of the season. The teamwork was perfect and we won some great races.

What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?

My Bontrager Flare taillight. With it I feel so much safer on the roads in traffic.