The last, but not least. Jonas Koch was the final addition to 2017 roster of CCC Sprandi Polkowice. He’s joined the team in March, but has already recorded few solid performances and blended in well with the squad.
Jonas Koch was born in Schwaebisch-Hall, but he’s spent most of his life in Rottweil, in the south-west Germany, in Black Forrest mountains, 70km away from the border with Switzerland. – I have great conditions to train out there, with many 4-5-kilometer long climbs and also some flat terrain – he explains.
He was 12 when he took up cycling and finished on the podium in his first race. The more he rode his bike, the more he was falling in love with the sport. – Until I was 15 I played both soccer and I rode a bike. Eventually I had to choose which one I should concentrate on and I decided to go with cycling. I couldn’t live without it.
Today I enjoy adding other sports to my season preparation. I play hockey, I do cross country skiing, speed skating or roller skiing. I still do the latter even during the season, when I need something for a change.
Last season was his first in truly professional peloton in elite category. He rode for Polish team Verva ActiveJet and one of his first races was Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta, with quality lineup (Contador, Thomas, Pinot, Aru, Izagirre among others). Next up was UCI World Tour event Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. – The level of racing was extremely high and I realized there how much work I need to put in to be up there with the pros. I drew conclusions and at the end of the year I was able to do well in Tour des Fjords – Koch said.
In Norway he finished inside the top 6 on all but one of the stages (once was 11th) and ended the race in 4th overall. Few weeks later he claimed 11th in 1.HC race, Sparkassen Münsterland Giro. His biggest success of his career so far comes from U23 ranks though. – In 2015 I won a stage at Tour de l’Avenir, after riding in a solo breakaway for almost 130 kilometers. I came in with tens of seconds of advantage over the rest of the field. That has been my most memorable victory and it opened some doors for me.
He considers himself as a all-rounder, who is at his best in hilly, undulating races, in which a group of 30-40 riders arrive at the line. Sprint from a such a bunch is something that he is best at.
His cycling dreams include racing in Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix. – These are two completely different races, but I have a lot of sentiment towards them. I watched them when I was a young kid, when Jan Ullrich was still racing.
What I like about the Grand Boucle is the atmosphere around the race and how passionate the fans are. Roubaix is a battlefield for the strongest and you have to be in a really good shape just to finish it. I’m good at racing on the cobbles so I would like to see what I could do out there someday.