Koen De Kort is a new arrival to Trek-Segafredo after eight years with the Giant-Alpecin set-up where he has been an important leadout man. 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 an invaluable teammate and road captain, a role in which he thrives. Since 2012, he has been John Degenkolb's lieutenant and will continue to close gaps, position, and leadout Dege with Trek-Segafredo.
At age 13 Koen was mesmerized when the Tour de France passed 100 meters from his parents' home, a moment when he fell in love with the sport. A year later he was racing, found out he was 'pretty good at it,' and progressed from club team to the National team selection to Rabobank juniors and under-23 teams.
Koen turned pro with Liberty Seguros in 2005 and joined Astana in 2007, riding with Alberto Contador on both occasions. He is a veteran of 11 Paris-Roubaix and 12 Tour of Flanders and will add depth and experience to the Classics line-up. Koen is most proud of the leadouts he did for Marcel Kittel in the Tour de France and supporting Degenkolb's victories in the 2015 spring Monuments.
He is a selfless teammate who embraces his role. After riding his heart out in Degenkolb's Paris-Roubaix win, John Degenkolb ushered Koen and the rest of the team onto the podium, an unforgettable moment. Koen would love nothing more than to repeat this in 2017.
Since he turned pro, Koen has been avoiding winter by absconding to Australia; he met his wife Kaitlin in Melbourne where he now calls home. If you can't find the amicable Dutchman on the bike, chances are he will be out grilling with friends, beer in hand.