Jonker as Academy Director and Ligthart as DS will strengthen the our staff

We are delighted to announce the addition of Sven Jonker and Pim Ligthart to our staff after Aike Visbeek's departure to Intermarché Wanty Gobert. Jonker, who for the last three years has been part of the management of WorldTour's Astana Premier-Tech looking after its marketing-related matters, will head our project and oversee the operations and activities of the team at all levels as Academy Director. Whilst Ligthart will take over the role of main DS after announcing his retirement from professional cycling some weeks ago. This position will allow him to share his…continue reading →

Rasch: “The goal is clear, win races”

Jesper Rasch joined our program as a trainee in 2018 and since then he has been constantly improving his sprinting skills and top speed. In 2020 he seized two strong podium results in Wanzele Koerse and in Omloop van Valkenswaard as well as a solid Top 5 in Omloop van der Braakman. These great performances allowed him to finish atop of the Best Young Rider classification at the Top Competitie. "After a very good preparation in Greece, I was ready for the season. Especially in Wanzele Koerse, a race that suits me well,…continue reading →

Strong: “Winning in my country’s only UCI stage race is something that has always been on my bucket list”

The 2021 season, could not have started in a better way for the Academy and especially for our New Zealand talent, Corbin Strong, who yesterday claimed the overall title at the New Zealand Cycle Classic. After finishing third there last year, Strong was determined to go back and seal the win, and a very smart ride in the closing stage, allowed him to collect the needed bonus seconds to jump atop of the general classification.  "It's a special victory. Winning in my country's only UCI stage race is something that has always been…continue reading →

Q&A with Tom Day

After a very successful last season in the junior ranks in which he claimed the March Hare Classic as well as the Boucles de l'Oise in convincing style after a solid victory in the time trial, Day is ready to kick off his U23 journey in the Academy colors. The young British rider, sat down for a quick Q&A about his upcoming goals in 2021.  What do you expect of the coming year at the Academy?I'm really excited to be riding some of those big U23 UCI races. I spent some of 2020…continue reading →

Interview Dries de Pooter

The 2020 Junior Belgian Road Race champion, Dries de Pooter, is enjoying his first official days as a member of the 2021 squad of the SEG Racing Academy. The talented youngster will also debut in the U23 ranks in our colors as he expects to develop himself further on and off the bike. "I expect to develop myself further as a rider but also as puncher/climber. And just make myself stronger and gain a lot of experience in my first year at the Academy" points out De Pooter. The 2020 Junior Belgian Road…continue reading →

Jordi Meeus

Who? Jordi Meeus, the lion of Lommel. What about him?  Jordi Meeus joined the Academy program as a trainee towards the end of the 2017 season as a first-year U23 as a talented and promising rider. Three and half years later he developed into one of the most dominant sprinters of the U23 ranks and a very strong one-day racer.    How did he perform? Already in his first full season at the Academy, Meeus snatched a win at 1.1's Gooikse Pijl which already brought his name to the table of the teams…continue reading →

David Dekker

Who? David Dekker, A.K.A SneakerDave. What about him?  David joined the Academy ahead of the 2020 season which was also his last in the U23 ranks. He landed a spot onto our program after seizing five wins in 2019 including the U23 Dutch Road Race title.    How did he perform?   His first and only season at the Academy was a very successful one. Straight from the gate, David showed the world what he was capable off and seized the win in our season opener, Ster van Zwolle, as well as in…continue reading →
Maikel Zijlaard about 2021

Maikel Zijlaard about 2021

Maikel Zijlaard joined the Academy ahead of the 2020 and at the moment, he is getting ready to start his second season in our outfit. The 21-year old is ready to make 2021 count after a roller-coaster of a year with some of his targeted goals getting cancelled. "I look back at the season satisfied, and even though it was a strange season due to the virus and all the restrictions surrounding it the team and everyone involved made the best out of the situation possible by creating virtual races and meetings for…continue reading →

Q&A with Sean Flynn

Scotland's Sean Flynn has been one of our additions during the winter break. The young and multi-talented rider will start his first season as a part of the Academy and will be looking forward to enhancing his development on the road as well as in MTB. We sat down with him for a quick Q&A about his goals and ambitions for 2021.  What do you expect of the coming year at the Academy? I'm expecting to learn a lot and gain a lot more experience of racing on the road at a high…continue reading →