Wessel ‘America Dreaming’ Krul.
What about him?
Krul joined our team as a trainee deep in his first-year U23 and with accolades of having placed second in the U23 Dutch TT Nationals and in the opening prologue of the International Beloften Weekend. He was seen as a TT specialist.
How did he perform?
His first full year with the Academy was the tricky 2020, in which his goals were reduced because of the lack of racing due to the pandemic, however, he was determined to keep on working hard and that was rewarded in September where he took the win in the opening stage of Ronde de l’Isard. Catapulting him as one of the names to follow in the U23 category. In 2021, he went at it from the get-go and after solid races in Belgium, he also fought against the best U23 riders internationally at the Course de la Paix and came back home with the Points Jersey and two runner-up positions in the stages. By then it was clear that he could do more things than just time trialing, and he showcased just that with a bunch sprint win at the Flanders Tomorrow Tour and a seventh place in Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen against a very strong field.
What was next after the Academy?
His progression and improvement in different areas of the sport were closely monitored by pro teams. Finally, it was Human Powered Health that came with the best project with Wessel, giving him opportunities to grow as a time trialist at the same time that he instantly became an important part of his lead-out train.