TNN Talks: Joonas Henttala

17 September 2018

You might have known that TNN’s Joonas Henttala is from Porvoo, Finland, and that he loves technology, plays the guitar and was diagnosed with diabetes at age 10. But did you know that Tour of California is Joonas’s favorite race and that his father also has type 1 diabetes…and do you know how properly pronounce Joonas’s name?

Below, the TNN rider shares a few things you may not know in this edition of TNN Talks.

Favorite food when traveling:

I like to try the local cuisine wherever I go. But no particular favorite food, I just like to keep it fresh.

Favorite food from your home country:

It has to be Finnish rye bread.

Favorite musician/band:

I listen to all kinds of music, depending on the situation, but it’s hard to name one type of music or band.

Do you use a pen or pump?

I use a pen.

Anyone else in your family with diabetes?

My father has also type 1 diabetes.

Joonas Henttala | TNN Talks | TEAM NOVO NORDISK

Favorite movie:

“Pain & Gain” with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

Last book you read:

Tuntematon Kimi Räikkönen (The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen), the biography of the legendary Finnish Formula One driver.

Worst way someone has mispronounced your name:

It turns out my name, Joonas (like Yoh-nas) is hard to pronounce properly, so my teammates just call me ”Jono”. I also get ”Joh-nas” and ”Hentalla” all the time.

Any re-race rituals?

I always make sure my shoes and sunglasses are clean.

Favorite cyclist growing up:

We had a strong cycling culture in my hometown where I grew up. As a kid, the strongest cyclist there always inspired me the most. Later on guys like Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen were a big influence.

Favorite race:

Tour of California is probably my favorite race. But Milan-San Remo is the most special.

Joonas Henttala | TNN Talks | TEAM NOVO NORDISK

Favorite hobby off the bike:

Spending time with my fiancé and our dog, Kari.

Night owl or early riser:

Both. If I’m motivated and training hard, I like to get up early and go out with my bike. In the off-season I like to sleep in.

Favorite ice cream flavor:


Favorite spot to get coffee:

My home with good friends.

Favorite place you’ve visited:

Norway, another Scandinavian country. It resembles my home country Finland, yet it’s so different and interesting.

Country you’d most like to holiday in:

I don’t like to lay on the beach, so I find something like hiking in Iceland would be much more interesting.

Favorite quote:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Top “Bucket List” Item:

To go skydiving.

Where people can follow you:

Twitter: @JoonasHenttala

Instagram: @joonashenttala

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