6. Niki Terpstra -- a Dutch pro who chose his own path

Professional Dutch bike racing is currently enjoying a golden age with a new generation of cyclists at the height of their powers. There are potential Dutch winners in virtually every discipline: time trialists, climbers, sprinters and riders, each of whom can perform excellently in the classics. Niki Terpstra is perhaps the biggest name in the latter category, and the cool thing about him is that he truly chose his own career path. He was not a member of any of the big name development teams: he travelled his own independent path. This makes his success all the more impressive. Read on… 

Niki Terpstra