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. 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 he was 15 he played soccer and rode a bike. Eventually German had to choose which sport he should concentrate on and decided to go with cycling.
Today he enjoys adding other sports to his season preparation. He plays hockey, does cross country skiing, speed skating or roller skiing. He still does the latter even during the season, when he needs something for a change.
2016 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. He finished 4th in Tour des Fjords, finishing 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. As a CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider, in 2017, Koch was 11th in Arctic Race of Norway (2.HC), 12th in Sparkassen Münsterland Giro and six times made the top 10. The biggest success of his career so far comes from U23 ranks though. In 2015 he won a stage at Tour de l’Avenir, after riding in a solo breakaway for almost 130 kilometers.
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.
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- 4.Tour des Fjords - etap 3
- 11.Arctic Race of Norway – klasyfikacja generalna
- 12.Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
- 4.Tour des Fjords - klasyfikacja generalna
- 2.Tour des Fjords - klasyfikacja punktowa
- 3.Tour des Fjords - klasyfikacja młodzieżowa
- 1.Tour de l'Avenir - etap 1, klasyfikacja punktowa
- 5.Coppa dei Laghi - Trofeo Almar
- 1.Małopolski Wyścig Górski - klasyfikacja młodzieżowa
- 1.Wyścig Solidarności i Olimpijczyków - klasyfikacja młodzieżowa
- 8.Karpacki Wyścig Kurierów - klasyfikacja generalna