Jan Maas, born in 1996 joined the Academy as a third year U23 and left as a trainee to the WorldTour.
What about him?
The Academy recruited Maas ahead of the 2017 season. Jan had shown himself in a variety of terrains, but in the Academy, he found his true ability, his killer pace up long climbs.
How did he perform?
Jan showed his climbing skills early in the 2017 season, and after a fantastic performance he wrapped up the Ronde de l’Isard in ninth place overall, shortly after finishing seventh in Flèche Ardennaise. A crash during the Giro d’Italia U23, saw Jan missing out on some mid-season goals, but the Dutch rider came back stronger and earned a selection for the Tour de l’Avenir before riding into the Top 10 of Paris Tours and Gooikse Pijl.
In 2018, Jan played a crucial role in the hardest stage races of the calendar. Always at the service of Stephen Williams, Maas put on some amazing performances in the Ronde de l’Isard and the U23 Giro d’Italia, where he took control of the bunch in the final climbs and set a pace that was impossible to follow for most of the peloton, leaving his teammate in contention to win.
What was next after the Academy?
So much selfless efforts and consistency brought Maas’ performances to the attention of WorldTour’s Team LottoNL-Jumbo, who offered him a traineeship until the end of the season. Jan enjoyed an intense period with the Dutch squad as he was called up for a 3-week long altitude camp before heading to the United States. The talented Dutchman was a key team player when it came to securing Sep Kuss’ victory in the Tour of Utah.
After the traineeship, Jan will continue his journey at Continental level defending the colors of Team Leopard. A great racing program and a solid team that will help our former rider work his way up to WorldTour level thanks to Bike-Exchange in 2022.