In the U23 peloton, Max made a name for himself in the time trials, but also showed there’s more string to this bow than just time trialing, 2016 easily standing out as his best year since turning to cycling. U23 National ITT Champion, stage victor at the Giro della Valle d’Aosta, overall winner of the Tour Alsace and silver medalist at the U23 World ITT Championships are the results which brought him into the attention of Quick-Step Floors.
These skills were put on display in his neo-pro season, with Max bringing an important contribution to several of the team’s wins, as well as beginning to make a name for himself in World Tour races, such as the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of California. Unfortunately, an injury picked up in the Tour de Pologne forced him to stop his season early and miss on a Grand Tour debut, but this setback only made Max more motivated to return to his best and prove himself in 2018.
UCI Ranking: 80
#Top-10 positions: 5
Race distance covered: 3706 km
Days of racing: 22 days