Hat-trick for Dainese

Hat-trick for Dainese

Today's stage at the Tour de Bretagne featured a 171 km long parcour between Le Ferre and Plurien, including four categorized clibms spaced by just 28 km. As per usual the race was off to a fast start with several attempts to for the breakaway of the day, but the peloton was not having it and one way or the other all the attacks were shut down until 4 riders got a gap with 100 km to go. They were brought back with more than 30 km left of racing action, and shortly after…continue reading →
Dainese crashes and loses GC lead

Dainese crashes and loses GC lead

After two successful days in controlling the race as the leader's jersey was on the shoulders of Alberto Dainese, the Academy committed again to try to deliver our Italian talent to the win for third day in a row. We took the front early in the race, after a 3-man group made it up the road, but the gap was never higher than two minutes as an important rider at the general classification featured the move. Despite having the break well-controlled at all times, bad luck hit the Academy as Alberto Dainese was caught…continue reading →
Dainese makes it two in a row at Tour de Bretagne

Dainese makes it two in a row at Tour de Bretagne

After yesterday's win and GC takeover by Alberto Dainese, our rider had the responsibility of dominating today's third stage all the way to Guegon. Our riders played it smart and Marten Kooistra got into the breakaway of the day alongside four other riders, which took off all the chasing duties from our riders' shoulders. The peloton allowed them a gap of almost five minutes before picking up the pace and reducing the margin. The Dutchman played it well in the breakaway and took the first place in the first intermediate sprint before taking third…continue reading →
Dainese, stage and GC lead in Tour de Bretagne

Dainese, stage and GC lead in Tour de Bretagne

After yesterday's tough start, marked by crashes in the crucial moments of the stage, our riders hit the road in today's stage two with the goal of redeeming themselves from the bad vibes. And what a way to do it.Three riders broke clear of the peloton shortly after the stage started, and the team of the GC leader was the one that took the responsibility of the chase while our riders sat in the bunch together, saving up the legs. In the closing kilometers of the race, our youngsters moved up the bunch…continue reading →
Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Today we kicked off the Tour de Bretagne, one of the most important stage races in our calendar. We come back to this edition with high hope and ready to emulate our 2018 team that took two stage wins. As per usual the stage presented a broken parcour, which good positioning in the bunch was key to save energy and face with guarantees the closing part of the day.  The first part of the stage was marked by a countless number of attacks that were all brought back by the bunch, until one…continue reading →
Dainese 5th in Arno; Groves 8th in Liège

Dainese 5th in Arno; Groves 8th in Liège

It was an action-packed day as we started in cycling's monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 and Netherlands' Arno Wallaard Memorial. In Belgium, our riders showed their commitment to the cause early on as Adam Hartley represented the Academy colors in an 11-man group that made it up the road with around 100 km remaining. The short and steep climbs caused some splits in the peloton, with our riders always riding close to the head of the group. The closing part of the race was marked by the hard pace in the climbs, and eventually, a…continue reading →
Circuit des Ardennes recap

Circuit des Ardennes recap

The last day at the Circuit des Ardennes awaited with a double stage, the first one featuring a bit less than 60 km. After a hectic start, three riders broke clear of the bunch and took a minute and a half as a gap. The peloton picked up the pace coming into the last côtes of the stage, but the junction was never made and the attackers sprinted for the win with some seconds over the peloton. The fast pace and succession of short steep climbs caused some echelons in the bunch, but…continue reading →
Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

It was an action-packed day as the Academy had representation in three different races today. Alberto Dainese, Daan Hoole and Marten Kooistra were up for Ronde van Vlaanderen u23 today. And also in Belgian soil, our team was represented in U23 Road Series' Tombroek Koerse. It was a hectic day out, in which the Academy was well-represented in most of the last moves through Bárnabas Peák, before Jordi Meeus got himself in a group of 7 riders coming into the final part of the day. The group cooperated together and in the final…continue reading →
Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

The Circuit des Ardennes kicked off with a long 188 km long stage. The day was off to calm start and quickly two riders escaped from the main group and they got a significant gap that at a certain point was more than 6 minutes. Even though a rider tried to bridge across the leading group at a certain point, he was eventually brought back by the bunch. All six Academy jerseys could be found in the peloton, sitting nice and easy in the wheels saving energy for the final sprint to the line.…continue reading →
Thymen Arensman will return in Circuit des Ardennes

Thymen Arensman will return in Circuit des Ardennes

Just before our season kicked off in early March, our Thymen Arensman suffered a crash during training that resulted in a broken collarbone, forcing our talented Dutchman to postpone his 2019 debut. The runner-up of 2018 the Tour de l'Avenir is now busy preparing his comeback to the racing scheme. "I feel very good right now. I feel that my form is coming back and becoming stronger, I am not back at my old level but we are taking step by step" points out Arensman. Despite undergoing surgery our 19-year old, quickly jumped on…continue reading →
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