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Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra
Terpstra at the 2015 E3 Harelbeke.
Personal information
Full nameNiki Terpstra
Born (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 40)
Beverwijk, the Netherlands
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
  • Road
  • Track
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional teams
2003–2004Bert Story–Piels
2007–2010Team Milram
2019–2022Direct Énergie[1][2]
Major wins
Stage races
Tour of Qatar (2014, 2015)
Tour de Wallonie (2015)
Eneco Tour (2016)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships
(2010, 2012, 2015)
Paris–Roubaix (2014)
Tour of Flanders (2018)
E3 Harelbeke (2018)
Dwars door Vlaanderen (2012, 2014)
Medal record
Men's road bicycle racing
Representing Omega Pharma–Quick-Step (2012–2014)
Etixx–Quick-Step (2015–2016)
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Valkenburg Team time trial
Gold medal – first place 2013 Florence Team time trial
Gold medal – first place 2016 Doha Team time trial
Gold medal – first place 2018 Innsbruck Team time trial
Silver medal – second place 2015 Richmond Team time trial
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Ponferrada Team time trial
Men's track cycling
Representing  Netherlands
UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Los Angeles Team pursuit

Niki Terpstra (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnɪki ˈtɛr(ə)pstraː]; born 18 May 1984) is a Dutch former racing cyclist,[3] who rode professionally between 2003 and 2022 for six different teams. He is the brother of fellow racing cyclist Mike Terpstra.[4] He is the third Dutch cyclist to have won both of the cobbled Monument spring classics, Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, after Jan Raas and Hennie Kuiper.


Early life and career

Terpstra in 2008

Niki Terpstra was born on 18 May 1984 in Beverwijk in the Netherlands.

He was part of the silver medal-winning team in the team pursuit in the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, together with Levi Heimans, Jens Mouris and Peter Schep. With a 4th place in the Three Days of De Panne followed by a 14th place at the 2008 Tour of Flanders, young Terpstra showed signs of considerable talent.

Between 2007 and 2010, Terpstra rode for the German Team Milram. In 2009 Terpstra won the 3rd stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, gaining the yellow leader jersey at the same time, keeping it for a day.[5]

Quick-Step (2011–2018)


Terpstra at the 2013 Tour of Flanders

In 2011, Terpstra joined the Belgian UCI World Tour Quick-Step team.

In 2012, Terpstra took a prestigious victory at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, winning in solo fashion after being on the attack all day. He detached himself from the break on the Oude Kwaremont with Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator. He dropped Wallays on the Paterberg and finished the race with an advantage of 47 seconds over Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel.[6]

Terpstra crossing the line at the Roubaix Velodrome to win the 2014 Paris–Roubaix.

In 2014 he won his first short stage race with the victory in the Tour of Qatar. Terpstra continued his good form in the classics, placing fifth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, winning the Dwars door Vlaanderen for the second time in his career, and placing sixth in the Tour of Flanders. On 13 April 2014 he won the Paris–Roubaix race in solo fashion, after attacking from the leading group of 11 riders with 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) remaining.[7]


In 2015, Terpstra defended his Tour of Qatar title, holding the race lead after winning the individual time trial on Stage 3.[8] At Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Terpstra made the decisive breakaway of four riders with teammates Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenbergh, along with Ian Stannard (Team Sky). After Stannard closed down a Boonen attack in the closing stages Terpstra tried to counterattack, but Vandenbergh closed the gap, allowing Stannard to attack with only Terpstra able to follow. Stannard went on to beat Terpstra in the sprint finish.[9] In March Terpstra had some success, first by getting the second position in the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports. He then got on the second step of the podium of a very windy Gent–Wevelgem, as he won the two-man sprint for second position after Luca Paolini had crossed the line solo.[10] In his next race, the Tour of Flanders, he broke away from the peloton with Alexander Kristoff 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the finish but could not beat Kristoff in the final sprint, completing the race in second place.[11] In June, he won the Dutch National Road Race Championships in a bunch sprint, surprising the pure sprinters.[12]


In 2016, Terpstra won the Eneco Tour after a dramatic rain-swept final stage that saw former race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) crash out. The stage featured cobbles and bergs used in the Classics first saw Dennis lose time, and then drop out completely due to his injuries. Terpstra, who started the final stage in fifth place overall, formed part of a front group of three riders and finished second behind stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data).[13]


Terpstra at the 2018 Tour of Flanders

In 2018, Terpstra won E3 Harelbeke, soloing to the line after initially attacking on the Taaienberg with teammate Yves Lampaert with more than 70 kilometres (43 miles) remaining. Terpstra finished 20 seconds clear of an elite group, led home by his team-mate Philippe Gilbert, and he became the first Dutchman to win E3 Harelbeke since Steven de Jongh in 2003.[14] Terpstra won the Tour of Flanders with a late solo attack. After following an attack by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) over the Kruisberg climb, Terpstra dropped the Italian soon after, then caught and quickly dispatched a trio of riders from an earlier breakaway on the final climb of the Oude Kwaremont. Terpstra remained clear over the remaining 25 kilometres (16 miles), finishing 12 seconds ahead of Trek–Segafredo's Mads Pedersen from the earlier breakaway, and by teammate and defending race-winner Gilbert who led the bunch home in third.[15] It was his second 'Monument' victory[16] and he became the first Dutch rider since Adri van der Poel in 1986 to win the Tour of Flanders.[17] The following week, Terpstra claimed third place at Paris–Roubaix, leading home a group 57 seconds behind winner Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) and Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale).[18]

Direct Énergie (2019–2022)

In 2019, Terpstra joined French team Direct Énergie.[19]

On 16 June 2020, Terpstra was involved in a crash in the Netherlands. While motor-pacing, he was forced to avoid hitting a pack of geese at high speed, hitting a rock and falling to the ground.[20] He was initially ruled out of racing for three months,[21] but returned to racing at August's Tour de Wallonie.[22]

In September 2022 Terpstra announced his retirement from professional road racing.[3][23]

Personal life

In 2021, Terpstra launched his own casual clothing line, Speed On Wheels, together with Futurum.

Major results


UCI World Series
1st Halmstad



1st GP Wielerrevue
1st Stage 2 Ronde van Midden-Brabant
1st Omloop der Kempen
1st Overall OZ Wielerweekend
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st Ronde van Midden-Nederland
1st Stage 4 Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 6 Tour de Normandie
2nd Ronde van Overijssel
3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Championships
3rd Colliers Classic
1st Mountains classification, Deutschland Tour
3rd Hel van het Mergelland
3rd Overall Bayern Rundfahrt
4th Overall Three Days of De Panne
5th Dutch Food Valley Classic
Combativity award Stage 13 Tour de France
1st Ridderronde Maastricht
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Prologue
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
National Championships
1st Road race
5th Time trial
1st Sparkassen Giro Bochum
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
6th Overall Tour of Oman
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
6th Overall Tour of Belgium
6th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
10th Overall Tour of Beijing
Combativity award Stage 15 Tour de France
1st Team time trial, UCI World Championships
National Championships
1st Road race
3rd Time trial
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Amstel Curaçao Race
3rd Overall Eneco Tour
3rd Paris–Tours
5th Overall Three Days of De Panne
5th Paris–Roubaix
6th Tour of Flanders
1st Team time trial, UCI World Championships
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
National Championships
2nd Time trial
5th Road race
3rd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
3rd Paris–Roubaix
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
9th Overall Tour of Belgium
10th Paris–Tours
1st Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 1
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Amstel Curaçao Race
2nd Road race, National Championships
2nd E3 Harelbeke
3rd Team time trial, UCI World Championships
4th Overall Three Days of De Panne
5th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
6th Tour of Flanders
9th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Road race, National Championships
1st Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 1
2nd Team time trial, UCI World Championships
2nd Tour of Flanders
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2nd Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
8th Road race, European Games
UCI World Championships
1st Team time trial
9th Road race
1st Overall Eneco Tour
1st Le Samyn
1st Dwars door het Hageland
10th Overall Tour of Belgium
10th Tour of Flanders
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Paris–Tours
4th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Team time trial, UCI World Championships
1st Tour of Flanders
1st E3 Harelbeke
1st Le Samyn
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Adriatica Ionica Race
2nd Time trial, National Championships
2nd Paris–Tours
3rd Paris–Roubaix
9th Overall BinckBank Tour
9th Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Dwars door het Hageland
2nd Paris–Tours
3rd Overall Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle-Aquitaine
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Le Samyn
3rd Circuit de Wallonie
4th Duo Normand (with Anthony Turgis)
5th Time trial, National Championships
7th Antwerp Port Epic
10th Chrono des Nations
10th Tour de Vendée

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia did not contest during his career
A yellow jersey Tour de France 136 152 DNF 134 149 94 119 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 142 95 127 DNF 139 130 136
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Monuments results timeline

Terpstra celebrates winning the 2014 Dwars door Vlaanderen, his second victory in the race.
Monument 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Milan–San Remo 143 83 41 38 45 DNF 56 139
Tour of Flanders 14 OTL 45 6 113 6 2 10 3 1 DNF 111 86 29
Paris–Roubaix 74 103 16 32 5 3 1 15 DNF DNF 3 NH OTL 50
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DSQ DNF
Giro di Lombardia DNF
Classic 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad DNF 86 9 87 6 99 5 2 30 51 52 20 33 69
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 54 DNF DNF DNF NH DNF 56 54 3 40 DNF
Strade Bianche DNF 55
E3 Harelbeke 56 33 15 14 25 DNF 2 14 13 19 1 15 NH 46 DNF
Gent–Wevelgem DNF OTL 2 21 4 39 23 73 59 71
Dwars door Vlaanderen 12 33 3 30 1 11 1 18 35 25 9 60 NH 52 21
Scheldeprijs 81 125
Amstel Gold Race DNF 113 DNF DNF 28 DNF DNF NH 97
Paris–Tours 86 74 91 3 10 30 3 2 2 51 127
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified
OTL Outside time limit
NH Not held

Major championship results timeline

Event 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Olympic Games Road race NH DNF Not held 82 Not held Not held NH
World Championships Team time trial Not held 1 1 3 2 1 4 1 Not held
European Games Road race Event did not exist 8 Not held Not held
National Championships Time trial 8 5 6 3 2 10 2 5 NH
Road race 12 12 26 1 31 1 5 2 1 37 40 DNF 13 25
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not held


1st Scratch, National Championships
National Championships
1st Scratch
1st Points race
2nd Team pursuit, UCI World Championships
National Championships
1st Individual pursuit
1st Madison (with Wim Stroetinga)
National Championships
1st Scratch
1st Madison (with Wim Stroetinga)
2nd Madison (with Yoeri Havik), National Championships
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Iljo Keisse)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Iljo Keisse)
1st Six Days of Amsterdam (with Yoeri Havik)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Iljo Keisse)
3rd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Yoeri Havik)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Thomas Boudat)
2nd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Yoeri Havik)

See also


  1. ^ "Direct Énergie". Directvelo (in French). Association Le Peloton. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Total Direct Energie". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 7 January 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Ostanek, Daniel (14 September 2022). "Niki Terpstra calls time on road racing career".
  4. ^ "Niki Terpstra dertiende in GP Samyn" [Niki Terpstra thirteenth in GP Samyn]. RTV N-H (in Dutch). 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Stage 3 Tournus -> Saint-Étienne 182 km". cycling 9 June 2009. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  6. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (21 March 2012). "Terpstra victorious at Dwars door Vlaanderen". Cycling News. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Niki Terpstra solos to triumph on the Roubaix velodrome". VeloNews. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Terpstra defends Tour of Qatar title". VeloNews. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Stannard sees off Quickstep to win incredible Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". 28 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  10. ^ Nigel Wynn (29 March 2015). "Luca Paolini wins memorable edition of Ghent-Wevelgem". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  11. ^ Nigel Wynn (5 April 2015). "Alexander Kristoff wins Tour of Flanders". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ Axelgaard, Emil (28 June 2015). "Terpstra takes Dutch road race title in a bunch sprint". Cycling Quotes. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  13. ^ "BinckBank Tour | Cycling Weekly". 7 May 2021.
  14. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (23 March 2018). "Terpstra wins E3 Harelbeke". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Niki Terpstra wins 2018 Tour of Flanders". 1 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Flanders: Niki Terpstra powers to victory". VeloNews. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  17. ^ "Terpstra eerste Nederlandse winnaar sinds 1986" [Terpstra first Dutch winner since 1986]. De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 1 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  18. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (8 April 2018). "Peter Sagan takes spectacular Paris–Roubaix victory after huge 54 km attack". Cycling Weekly. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Mercato – Niki Terpstra intègre Direct Energie". Team Direct Energie Pro Cycling (in French). 16 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Niki Terpstra in intensive care following training crash". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Terpstra out for three months after serious motor pacing crash". 17 June 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Terpstra maakt in Wallonië na twee maanden rentree" [Terpstra returns to Wallonia after two months] (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Terpstra zet punt achter succesvolle wielerloopbaan: 'Extreme hoogte- en dieptepunten'" [Terpstra ends successful cycling career: 'Extreme highs and lows']. (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 13 September 2022.
  24. ^ "Niki Terpstra". FirstCycling AS. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
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