- Age 35
- Joined team in January, 2023
Romy Kasper is an experienced German rider who will fulfill the role of road captain within the team. At the age of 10 Romy fell in love with cycling. She grew up in an environment where cycling, especially motor-paced cycling, was very popular. In addition, Romy also went to Cottbus school, which is also known for its sport. In short, cycling runs like a red thread through her life, which she combined with her studies in Sports Science and Health Management.
Kasper is one of the three experienced riders coming onboard, alongside South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Finnish Lotta Henttala. She will share her knowledge and experience within this team in order to guide the team to victories. Kasper started her career in 2008 and has been part of big teams like Boels-Dolmans, Alé-Cipollini and Jumbo-Visma ever since. In recent years she has already achieved a lot of great performances. For example, in 2013 she managed to conquer a third place at the German National Championship, in 2019 a third place at the European Track Cycling Derny, 4th at the World Team time trial in 2022 and also a nice series of top-5 and top-10 places in many competitions.
A while ago Romy heard that Jolien D'hoore would put her wings under a beautiful project led by Natascha den Ouden and she immediately felt a connection with this project. Something new had crossed her path and at the end of 2022 she decided to join AG Insurance - Soudal Quick-Step. She loves to be part of a team where she can help the young riders take the next step.
“There is a lot of potential in the team. The next step is to learn them to save energy in races and get the very best out of their potential. That’s where I come in. I want to be the person they can ask all the questions they have. Of course, Jolien is in the car too but having someone next to you on the bike makes a big difference.
You can win or lose a race by being in the right place at the right time but I am also thinking about eating, drinking and not stressing. If you have someone around you in the bunch to help with the decision-making in the race, it takes away a lot of stress and less stress is faster racing.
I see how these riders grow every year. With Ashleigh, Lotta and me we have so much experience to share. I have done so many great things in my career, done World Championships and Olympics so I don’t have those big goals anymore but of course winning a race would still be nice, or guiding a teammate to a win. I especially love the spring races and Roubaix is my dream race to do again this year.”