Tiesj Benoot: To win the biggest races, I need to play a team game

Sunweb’s Tiesj Benoot finishes the seventh and final stage of the 2020 Paris-Nice to sew up the green jersey as points winner and second place on the general classification
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tiesj Benoot turned out to be ahead of the curve. When he turned professional in 2015, specialisation was en vogue. After the Belgian followed 5th place at his debut Tour of Flanders with a series of assured Alpine displays at the Critérium du Dauphiné, received wisdom said that he would soon have to make a decision between cobbles and climbing.

Instead, Benoot continued to mix and match his objectives over the remainder of his tenure at Lotto Soudal and in his first season at Sunweb (now Team DSM). The Ronde was a perennial target, but in time, the Ardennes Classics were added to his programme and he also placed 20th overall at his debut Tour de France in 2017. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.