- NATIONALITY: DUTCH
- RESIDENCE: DERBY DURING SEASON
- SPECIALITY: SPRINTER/ROADMAN
YOERI: “I’M REALLY HAPPY TO SIGN FOR CHERIE AS I HAVE A REAL GOOD FEELING SINCE OUR FIRST CONTACT. I CAN SEE CHERIE JUST LOVES THE SPORT OF CYCLING LIKE ME AND SHE’LL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN HER POWER FOR THE TEAM AND HER RIDERS”.
A new signing for 2017 is Dutch Six Day Star, Yoeri Havik who was fifth in the London Six Day and a former winner of other six day races.
Yoeri has also had some great results on the road. Britain’s Andy Fenn was having his first pro win in Challenge Mallorca, who was 6th – Yoeri was! He is also no stranger to the UK shores and says of being offered a contract to ride for the team “I’m really happy to sign for Cherie as I have a real good feeling since our first contact. I can see Cherie just loves the sport of cycling like me and she’ll do everything within her power for the team and her riders”.
Asked what he is looking forward to in 2017, he replies “Of course I’m looking forward to the “big races” we could do with the team, like hopefully the Tour of Britain. At the same time, I look forward to every other race in the UK. They will all be new to me and that’s always exciting”.
“I want to focus myself on blocks of racing like I focus myself on blocks of racing on the track. For now, I focus on the Six Days plus the new style Olympic omnium. With Team Raleigh GAC, their racing schedule and their good organization, it’s a great opportunity for me to combine the two in a good way”.
On the type of races Yoeri enjoys most, he replies like any winner would do “the ones I win 😉 — I like races where a big breakaway group gets away and then I try to attack them in the final or win the sprint”.
To learn more about Yoeri, the team asked him to name his career highlight and unsurprisingly it was an emotional win in the Amsterdam 6 (2014) together with Niki Terpstra. “That was a big highlight for me.”
“Before the race there was some kind of pressure to win, because I rode with Niki. Then my grandfather had a heart attack on the Derny and I crashed on top of him. He was in a coma for the rest of the Six Day. That week was pretty emotional, but when I look back (with my grandfather being healthy) I’m proud of how I carried on”.
“On the road, it must be my win in the ZLM Tour Nations Cup U23 in 2013. The Nations Cup races were the most important races as an Under 23 and the ZLM Tour in Zeeland (Netherlands) was the most important for the Dutch selection. That was my biggest victory till then”.