RETO HOLLENSTEIN / BIOGRAPHY
Reto Hollenstein was born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, on August 22nd 1985.
Reto became a professional rider in 2009 by joining the Austrian professional team Vorarlberg-Corratec. In 2012, he joined the German team NetApp with which he disputed the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour.
The following year he was recruited by the new Swiss team IAM Cycling. In 2014, he took part for the first time in the Tour de France. After 4 years with the Swiss squad, Reto signed a contract with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for the 2017 season.
With his tall frame and positive attitude, Reto supplies one of the biggest engines in the peloton. He excels as one of the special athletes who can pull at the front of the peloton for hours without complaint. Hollenstein’s goal is always to give 100% and to never give up.
He is often visible in breakaway attempts and is also fully dedicated to protecting and placing his leader. Having gained a lot of experience in some bigger races throughout the past seasons, Reto is looking forward to applying the lessons he’s learned in races like the spring classics where he feels he can be a big help for Katusha Alpecin.
Though Reto did not grow up in a family of professional athletes, he decided to devote himself to being a professional cyclist and see how far he could go.
As a Swiss athlete, he is proud to have reached this level and is very happy to be on a team where he has a positive working relationship with all members of the team and staff.
What is your favorite word? “Cool-lässig”. (“casual cool”)
What is your least favorite word? “Schlecht”. (“bad”)
What job would you want to do besides being a pro cyclist? A millionaire. Just joking! I did train for something before becoming a cyclist (electronics). But right now, I just can’t think of anything else that I’d rather be doing.
What job would you never want to do? Never? Anything in an office, I wouldn’t want to be stuck behind a desk.
And if you could choose to have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Oh, Roger Federer.
Find out more about Reto's career and results on his ProCyclingStats page.