Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux is one of the most important events in the U23 calendar, and what a way to kick it off. The 136 km long parcour that opened this year's edition presented a flat first half of the stage with a hilly finale awaiting the riders. The race was off to a fast start, with the bunch staying together until the first intermediate sprint was behind. Shortly after, the breakaway of the day was formed by two riders, including Ronde van Zuid-Holland's winner, Marten Kooistra in it. The leading duo opened…continue reading →
Preview Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux

Preview Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux

After the strong performance that the team put together in Tour de Normandie last week, we are ready to hit the road again with one of the most prestigious races of the U23 calendar, Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. The Belgian races offers a total of four stages compressed in three days of races through the eastern part of the country as well as our first time trial of the season. Short and sharp climbs will be on the menu for the first two stages, but the overall classification is expected to be shaken…continue reading →
Affini: “My main goal will be the time trial”

Affini: “My main goal will be the time trial”

Edoardo Affini will be back in the racing scheme next Saturday as he will start in Belgium's Triptyque des Monts et Châteux. The strong Italian rider started his season with five one-day races including a call up with the national team in the first round of the Nations Cup, Gent Wevelgem. "It is great to be back at such a race after last year's experience. I had some easy days after finishing a tough block of training. I feel good and ready".Affini, who last year was fourth in the U23 European TT Championships…continue reading →
Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Today’s stage final stage started with Julius van den Berg and Cees Bol in contention for the overall win. Both Dutch riders were sitting three and thirty eight seconds away from the race lead with only one day to go. The 152 km loop between La Haye and the local circuit through the street of Caen was the last obstacle that the bunch had to overcome before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the Tour de Normandie. The only option that the team had was to ride as offensively as possible, and shortly…continue reading →
Van den Berg stays third in GC after a dangerous and hectic day

Van den Berg stays third in GC after a dangerous and hectic day

Yesterday's stage win brought Julius van den Berg really close to the GC win. With two days reaming and and a strong team ready to help, today's stage was the first opportunity to try to jump into the race lead. The 158 km loop between Granville and La Haye featured a flat parcour, with a 20 km long final local circuit that the bunch had to tackle twice. The first part of the stage was a fast one, with a group of five riders forming the breakaway of the day before being later joined by…continue reading →
Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Today's stage was marked as the hardest and most difficult one of the 2018 Tour de Normandie. The 175 km long parcour was filled with two categorized climbs and a hilly final local circuit that the peloton had to tackle a total of four times. As the race got underway a group of three riders went up the road and they were allowed up to four minutes before the bunch picked up the pace. The gap was quickly reduced and as the bunch entered to the final local circuit a group of 11 riders,…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes fourth in the final bunch sprint

Cees Bol takes fourth in the final bunch sprint

Today's stage, the fourth one in Tour de Normandie, featured a predominantly flat 155 km long parcour between the towns of Evrecy and Argentan. The multiple attempts to break clear from the bunch led to a fast first hour of racing, but none of the moves stuck. The windy conditions made act of presence shortly after and divided the peloton in small groups, with our guys initially making it to the second one before joining the head of the race.The race broke apart again in the second categorized climb of the day with…continue reading →
Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

After showing themselves in the two opening stages of the 2018 Tour de Normandie, our riders were ready to keep the positive vibe going in today's stage three. The race was off to a really fast start as the bunch set an average of almost 48 km/h during the first hour of racing. There was some attackers who tried to distance the peloton, but the group stayed together until the first intermediate sprint, that was won by our Cees Bol taking three bonus seconds with him. The high pace kept by the bunch throughout the…continue reading →
Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

After yesterday's strong team effort that ended with Cees Bol taking second in the stage, our riders were up for another fight today. The second stage of the French race presented a 160km long parcour that was set to be decided in the final local circuit. The race was off to a fast start taking into account the strong headwind that followed the bunch during the day, with the peloton staying together for almost 40 kms before the break moved away. Three riders formed the breakaway of the day, but the main group did…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes second in the opening day in Normandie

Cees Bol takes second in the opening day in Normandie

Tour de Normandie features our first stage race of the season, and we kicked it off with a strong performance. Today's 150 km stage opened up the 38th edition of the race with a fast and difficult stage, that would be decided in the final local circuit that the peloton tackled a total of five times. The hilly first part of the stage allowed the break to get a gap, and after some counter attacks in the main group it was finally a group of four riders the ones that formed the breakaway of…continue reading →