Anastopoulos: “All six riders come into the race in the best physical condition possible”
The Academy has been off to a great start of the season, seizing already more than 20 wins, and being in the front in races like Tour de Normandie, Tour de Bretagne, Ronde de l’Isard and Paris Roubaix among others. The team will be back in racing action in two days time at the start of the Giro d’Italia U23. Our Performance Manager, Vasilis Anastopoulos, is satisfied with how the season is going so far. “In my opinion, I think that with 22 wins and several podiums in all kind of races and level, we can call it a dream start”. 

Ever since we started the preparations for the 2018 season the Giro d’Italia U23 have been one of the team’s top priorities. “We are heading into the Giro with high-expectations. We will bring a well-balanced team and 6 riders capable of fighting for the prologue, stage wins, and the overall classification”. A race like this requires a special preparation and quality training sessions, and our Performance Staff has monitored the rider’s training programs with the goal of maximizing their performance in the race. “We (the Performance Staff) tried to analyze the demands of the race and set the best possible plan for each rider. Half of the team had a break after Ronde de l’Isard and then Daan Hoole, Jan Maas, and Stevie Williams headed to Loutraki for a week-long training camp, while the rest of the lineup followed individualized racing and training plans according to their goals and role in the race” points out Anastopoulos. 

With 11 stages in just 10 days, the Giro d’Italia U23 will be the longest race that our riders will tackle this season. The challenging course and the tough demands of the race have led our Performance Staff to work towards the physical and nutritional demands for each stage in order to race properly. “I believe that all six riders come into the race in the best possible physical condition. We have set a proper nutritional plan for each stage, as endurance and recovery will be what will decide the final outcome. The riders who moved to Loutraki could acclimatize to the hot conditions they will have, above all, in the first stages”.