Interview: Laurens ten Dam – Pro Racer to Pro Adventurer – Specialized Gravel Ambassador

From Pro Racer to Pro Adventurer:

“Laurens ten Dam is a retired Dutch road racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2003 and 2019 for the Rabobank GS3, BankGiroLoterij,, LottoNL–Jumbo, Team Sunweb and CCC Team squads.”

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Laurens as a young lad, photo by

“A decent climber, ten Dam was able to finish in the top ten in many important stage races including the 2007 Volta a Catalunya, the 2011 Tour Down Under, the 2011 Tour of California, and the 2011 Tour de Suisse. He also recorded two top-ten finishes in Grand Tours: he finished 8th in the 2012 Vuelta a España and 9th in the 2014 Tour de France, and won the mountains classification in the 2009 Tour de Romandie.” –

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“This is it. I rode my last race as a professional cyclist. Lombardia. A tough race, so I couldn’t just ride this one out, unfortunately for me. Instead, I had to give everything to keep up with the bunch and finish this one within the time limit, so I could look back on it with pride.”

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In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew catches up with Laurens to find out what he’s up to with Specialized, events on his personal ride / race calendar and so on.


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