On Wednesday evening, July 5th, Piotr Havik reached the highest wattage per kilogram on a Tacx Neo smart trainer device. Havik reached 6.18 Watt/kg and was rewarded with a genuine internship at Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. From August 1st Havik will be a trainee/stagiair in the Swiss WorldTour team until Decembr 31st 2017.
- This is crazy. I had a good day but to become the best of all finalists is really fantastic. I knew I could come close but to winning, that is something else. For some weeks I was focused on this evening. My first goal was the national TT championship. After that I worked towards this Wattmeister finale. It worked out fine, - said Piotr Havik.
Piotr Havik (BEAT Cycling Club) is 22 years old. Last year he was part of the Continental Team 3M. Earlier he rode for the Development Teams of Rabobank and Quick-Step. After some bad luck years Havik is back. In 2017 he obtained already ten podium places and was very consistent in the Dutch Topcompetitie Series. He finished 13th in the Dutch elite TT championships and played an active role as well in the road race, where he finished 22nd.
In the Cycling lab of the Sport Experience Centrum in Amsterdam ten riders fought for the trainee contract at KATUSCHA ALPECIN. Havik managed to arrive at the 13th block, ending his challenge with a score of 6.18 Watt per kg. Second place was for Jasper de Laat (Metec TKH) with 6.15 Watt/kg. Third was Ike Groen (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) with 6.05 Watt/kg.
Wattmeister Challenge was an initiative from bicycle brand Canyon, KATUSHA ALPECIN and Topcompetitie. The Topcompetitie is a cycling league with eight Dutch races for men at semi-professional level. The final winner is guaranteed a contract at the Procontinental Team Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij. The Wattmeister was allowed to wear the red jersey in the races. That jersey could only be attacked by the Topcompetitie riders on a smart trainer device (Tacx Neo) under the auspices of specialized exercise physiologist.
- We were immediately charmed by this initiative. It is original but also ground-breaking. The participants were highly motivated to become a trainee/stagiair in Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and, as the Wattmeister is a rider of one of the 17 Topcompetion teams, we know that he will be a rider with experience. With Piotr Havik we are eager to add another Dutch talent to our selection alongside Dutchman Maurits Lammertink. Now it’s up to Piotr to prove what he can at the highest level, said José Azevedo, General Manager of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN.