Stevie Williams will step to the WordTour with Team Bahrain Merida

Stevie Williams will step to the WordTour with Team Bahrain Merida

Our Welsh climber, Stephen Williams, will join WorldTour's Bahrain Merida from August the 1st as a trainee followed by a 2-year deal. The 22-year old, who seized the overall victory in the Ronde de l'Isard, joined the Academy two years ago and developed into one of the best climbers in the U23 ranks. "Joining Bahrain Merida is a great privilege for me, I am over the moon to be stepping up to WorldTour with them. I am looking forward to being part of this journey, I feel like it is the perfect stepping…continue reading →
Edoardo Affini is ready to shine in the U23 European Championships

Edoardo Affini is ready to shine in the U23 European Championships

Tomorrow our Edoardo Affini will compete in the Italian national team colors in the U23 European time trial, a race in which he powered to fourth last year. The strong Italian will arrive in the Czech Republic after claiming the double in the Italian nationals as he took home both, the road race and the time trial, titles as well as the gold medal in the Mediterranean Games. "I am really proud of this results and it will be a big honor to wear the Tricolore jersey in both disciplines, it will something…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg

Julius van den Berg

Who? Julius van den Berg, born in 1996, was part of the first ever Academy roster back in 2015 and after four years in our development program he showed that he was more than ready to move up to professional level.  What about him?    Van den Berg was the first rider that the management of the Academy talked to when they were building the team ahead of the 2015 season. He came straight from the Junior ranks and already then we knew that we were dealing with a potential WorldTour talent.    How did…continue reading →
Jan Maas will become a trainee for Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Jan Maas will become a trainee for Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Our 21-year old Jan Maas will move up to the pro ranks as a trainee with the Dutch WorldTour team Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Maas, who played the super-domestic role in service of Stephen Williams in races like Ronde l'Isard and Giro d'Italia U23, will join his new team in August the 1st. "I am really happy and proud to join a team like this as a trainee. It is a great chance to continue my development as a cyclist and I am also satisfied with all the hard work done to reach that level"…continue reading →
Peter Lenderink retires from cycling

Peter Lenderink retires from cycling

Saturday's U23 Dutch Nationals road race was the last race of Netherland's Peter Lenderink. The 22-year old has decided to step aside from cycling because of a vasoconstriction in his groin diagnosed back in late 2016. After undergoing surgery in March 2017 the strong Dutchman made his comeback to the racing scheme in September of that very same year. Despite all the sacrifices and the hard work put in, the state of his injury did not improve and it reached the same condition as before the surgery. After a long and hard reflection process,…continue reading →
The Academy dominates the Nationals; Van den Berg and Kooistra go 1-2

The Academy dominates the Nationals; Van den Berg and Kooistra go 1-2

The Academy came into Bergen with the goal of dominating again the U23 Dutch Nationals after seizing back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, being Fabio Jakobsen the one who wore the red, white and blue jersey. The parcour presented a challenging that included some short and steep hills as well as cobbled sections. The race was off to a hectic start, with a group of 5 riders making it up the road without Academy representation. Our riders took the control of the peloton shortly after and went on the play it tactical, with Marten…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg will join Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale in a mid-season transfer

Julius van den Berg will join Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale in a mid-season transfer

Julius van den Berg will be joining Team EF Education First p/b Cannondale as of July the 1st in a mid-season transfer that will see our Dutch all-rounder move up to the pro ranks after a dominating season in the U23 category. "It feels surreal. It is like it is not happening and also that it is happening very fast. But I am over the moon and it is crazy that this dream is coming true after an amazing three and a half seasons with the Academy" highlights van den Berg. The now 21-year…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg: “I have the fastest TT bike”

Julius van den Berg: “I have the fastest TT bike”

One year after seizing the U23 Dutch time trial title, Julius van den Berg is ready to fight again for the red, white and blue stripes. The Dutch all-rounder looks back to being able to wear the national champion jersey for a year. "It meant a lot to win the title last year, it is great to win a race and then have that nice jersey waiting for you. Being able to wear it for a year it is such an amazing feeling" shares Van den Berg, who will ride a customized Koga…continue reading →
Bol stays in the lead of the Napoleon Games Cup

Bol stays in the lead of the Napoleon Games Cup

Today's Halle Ingooigem featured the sixth round of Belgium's Napoleon Games Cycling Cup. The parcour featured almost 200 km through a predominantly flat course between the Belgian towns of Halle and Ingooigem. Shortly after the starting flag dropped a 3-man breakaway moved away of the main group and they were allowed close to four minutes before the peloton decided to begin with the chase. The race entered into the closing 50 km of the day almost in one piece, with several riders trying to jump across to the front group. Once the junction was made,…continue reading →
Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

The Giro d'Italia U23 was a successful one for the Academy as we wrapped up the race with two stage wins, two days in pink, two riders within the Top 15 overall and above all a great team performance in the most challenging stage race of the calendar. The road to the race started early in the season as the Performance Team, led by Vasilis Anastopoulos, planned individualized training plans for the riders. "The planning for this year’s Giro began already during the winter period as we knew that this year’s edition would…continue reading →