Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

After yesterday's opening stage today the bunch had to face a total of 180 km starting in Louisfert and finishing with five local laps in Plougoumelen. Once again the race was off to a fast start with several attempts to make it to the breakaway of the day. Edoardo Affini, who was already up the road yesterday, represented the Academy colors in those early moves. Eventually, two riders moved away from the bunch, and they were allowed a gap of more than five minutes.  Our riders kept always a front position in the peloton, always…continue reading →
Affini spends the day in the break and Bol sprints to sixth

Affini spends the day in the break and Bol sprints to sixth

Today's 160 km long stage between the French towns of Châteaubriant - Louisfert marked the opening day of the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. After several attempts to jump off the bunch in the first kilometers of the day, it was a group of three riders the one that successfully moved away of the main group, with our Edo Affini in it. The group that featured our strong Italian rider got a maximum gap close to two minutes, with our 21-year old taking one bonus second in the first two intermediate sprints. The main…continue reading →
Preview Tour de Bretagne

Preview Tour de Bretagne

Less than 24 hours left before the Tour de Bretagne kicks off in Brient. The stage will feature a total of seven stages with hilly and tough parcours, that combined with a really strong field will make it a great week of racing around France. Tomorrow's stage will feature a total of 160 km, including five laps to the local final circuit that will crown the first stage winner and overall leader of the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. We have been off to a great start of the season, with wins in…continue reading →
Cees Bol sprints to second in Arno Wallaard Memorial

Cees Bol sprints to second in Arno Wallaard Memorial

Arno Wallaard Memorial featured our only races this weekend, ahead of next week's Tour de Bretagne. The 184 km long course, was divided into two big loops before the peloton entered the final local circuit that was tackled a total of five times. The race was off to a fast start with a lot of attempts to distance the main group and form the breakaway of the day, but none of those moved stuck. It wasn't until 70 km were left in the day that our 18-year Thymen Arensman jumped off the bunch…continue reading →
Preview Arno Wallaard Memorial

Preview Arno Wallaard Memorial

A total of 184 km in a predominantly flat parcour await the riders tomorrow in the Arno Wallaard Memorial. The race will feature two long loops (76 km) before entering to the final 6,5 km long local circuit that the riders will tackle a total of five times. Six strong riders will represent the Academy flag in the start in Meerkerk with the goal of fighting for the win. Constant attacking and high pace will be a on the riders' menu tomorrow, therefore positioning will be key in order to be in contention…continue reading →
Bol: “We will have the strongest lineup in Tour de Bretagne”

Bol: “We will have the strongest lineup in Tour de Bretagne”

Winner of the Wanzeel Koerse, second in a stage in Tour de Normandie and runner up in the overall classification of the Circuit des Ardennes. Cees Bol's presentation card for the 2018 season has already some impressive results after only two months of racing. "So far I am happy with how the season is going, I've been able to win already and I've been close several other times. I am in good shape and always contesting for the victory, but being up there and not winning brings me some dissatisfaction, so I am…continue reading →
Thymen Arensman: “I expect to learn a lot this season”

Thymen Arensman: “I expect to learn a lot this season”

After a great run in the cross season, where he powered to third in his first ever U23 Dutch Nationals and and performed consistently in the World Cup, Thymen Arensman is showing his talents on the road as well. Fresh off his first experience in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the 18-year old is currently combining his training sessions with school work. "The first part of the season has been hectic for me. I had some long days at schools in which I had to train as well, but together with Dries Hollanders (Team DS and Performance…continue reading →
Ide Schelling takes fourth in a superb team effort in LBL

Ide Schelling takes fourth in a superb team effort in LBL

One of the most important one-day races of our calendar was up today. With a total of 173,4 km and 9 côtes awaiting the riders the U23 version of  cycling's monument, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, was set to offer some exciting racing action. The sun was shinning already in the start in Bastogne and joined the riders for a hard day on the bike. The race started with a really high pace with the bunch completing 46 km in the first hour of racing as many attempts to make it to the break took place. Our…continue reading →
Preview Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Preview Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The time has finally come, and the team is more than ready to tackle the short steep climbs that feature the parcour of one of the five cycling monuments, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The hard and hilly parcour together with the famous climbs that the peloton will face during the day, makes it one of the most special appointments in our racing calendar. The Academy will present a strong and ambitious six-man lineup that will be ready to work as one piece and aim for the victory in the closing part of the day. The race…continue reading →
Ide Schelling: “Our goal will be to win LBL”

Ide Schelling: “Our goal will be to win LBL”

Second year U23, Ide Schelling, has been off to a strong start of the season. He dominated the Loutraki Challenge by winning the uphill time trial and placing second in the road race, both strong performances saw him emerging as the first ever overall winner of the event. The 20-year old Dutchman carried his condition and place second in Ronde van Zuid-Holland behind teammate Marten Kooistra and last week fought with the best in Circuit des Ardennes and seized a 13th place overall. Next up for the talented youngster is Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of…continue reading →