Maarten Tjallingii: “We are in Tour d’Alsace for the win”

Maarten Tjallingii: “We are in Tour d’Alsace for the win”

In the eve of Tour d'Alsace's kick-off, we sat down for a quick Q&A with our DS for the race, Maarten Tjallingii. The former 14-year old professional is enjoying his first year in the Academy structure, empowering the roles of sports director and performance coach. The long-lived experience of the Dutchman, who has 11 GrandTour starts on his shoulders, is bringing our talents to the next level, not only performance-wise but also in the mental terrain. How do you feel about the first part of the season with the Academy? It’s been a fine…continue reading →
Q & A with Adam Hartley

Q & A with Adam Hartley

Adam Hartley joined the Academy ahead of the 2019 season, after a solid year in the Team GB squad. The British rider completed a strong Tour de Bretagne, where he raced fully in service of the team but struggled a bit in Ronde de l'Isard and Giro d'Italia U23, which were two goals for him. However, the talented climber took it all out in Giro valle d'Aosta and powered to second in the overall classification. How do you feel about your result in Aosta? Talk us through a bit through the race:I am super…continue reading →
Groenendaal: “This project is special on so many levels”

Groenendaal: “This project is special on so many levels”

Richard Groenendaal debuted as a DS for the Academy in late-April's Tour de Bretagne, and he hit the ground running real quick as Alberto Dainese powered to a total of three wins along the 7-day course. "I think that the Academy is performing excellently race in race out, and what it is more important they are learning a lot and you can see how they put into display what they have learnt in the next race they do" points out Groenendaal. The former World CX Champion sees the Academy development focus as a unique…continue reading →
Marten Kooistra: “Tour d’Alsace and the EC will be my coming goals”

Marten Kooistra: “Tour d’Alsace and the EC will be my coming goals”

Marten Kooistra joined the Academy as first year U23 in the 2016 season and is now completing his fourth year in the category in our colors. The Dutchman, who last year scored a stage win and second overall in Olympia's Tour before seizing the victory in Paris Tours U23 in impressive solo style, has kept on improving and has big goals set for the second half of the season. "I think that I have been improving every year and each part of the season since I joined the Academy. That's something you feel…continue reading →
Aosta recap; Adam Hartley takes second overall

Aosta recap; Adam Hartley takes second overall

Over the weekend we wrapped up the 2019 edition of the Giro Ciclistico valle d'Aosta. Two high-altitude mountain stages awaited the peloton as the final showdown of the race came to display. Saturday's stage featured a total of four categorized climbs including three first category ones in the last 40 km of the stage. Great teamwork kept Adam Hartley always in the main group and the British climber could roll to the line in tenth position, which kept his second position in the general classification save with one day to go. The final day…continue reading →
Adam Hartley moves to second on GC

Adam Hartley moves to second on GC

Today's stage at the Giro Ciclistico Valle d'Aosta featured a total of four categorized climbs in which was the longest run in this year's race. The race was kicked off in a fast way as several attempts to make it out the road marked the first part of the stage. At the end, it was a group of 12 riders the ones distancing the bunch and making it to the breakaway of the day. We started the day with Adam Hartley (third) and Ide Schelling (fourth) in the first placements of the general classification,…continue reading →
Schelling & Hartley stay in the Top 5 overall in Aosta

Schelling & Hartley stay in the Top 5 overall in Aosta

After yesterday's success, that saw Ide Schelling taking the stage win as well as the leaders and KOM jersey, our guys kicked off the second road stage of the Italian that featured the first mountaintop finish. The race started with several attempts to make it up the road, but it was not until well entered into the stage that a group of 12-riders distanced the peloton. Our Ide Schelling, yellow jersey wearer for the day, had a mechanical problem at the beginning of the second-to-last climb of the day, which forced him to chase…continue reading →
Schelling wins in Aosta

Schelling wins in Aosta

The Giro valle d'Aosta started yesterday with a 3 km long prologue which tested the fast legs of all the participants. As it happened in the Giro d'Italia U23, our guys fell less than 1 second short to the leaders jersey and stage win. In this case, it was Daan Hoole, who started his stint in the national champion jersey with a second place in the day, joined by Ide Schelling in 10th. The first road stage presented a really hard parcour with three categorized climbs. The race set off with a big group…continue reading →
Jordi Meeus: “I am stronger and smarter than last year”

Jordi Meeus: “I am stronger and smarter than last year”

The 2018 season was already a solid year for our Belgian Jordi Meeus. The now 21-year old took an impressive win in 1.1's Gooikse Pijl, which was the icing on the cake after performing strongly in the one-day classics all day long. Meeus rode into the 2019 season with the goal to get that extra step in the classics. "I can't complain about the first half of the season. I started really good and got into podium really early on. I have some targets which I worked really hard towards, but luck was…continue reading →
Vasilis Anastopoulos present in Brussel’s Science and Cycling conference

Vasilis Anastopoulos present in Brussel’s Science and Cycling conference

Our Performance Manager, Vasilis Anastopoulos, was recently a speaker in the Science and Cycling Conference celebrated in Brussels ahead of the Tour de France's Grand Départ. Anastopoulos developed a presentation focus on Academy Alumni Fabio Jakobsen titled "The development pathway of a world-class sprinter". We sat down with him for a quick Q&A about it. How was the experience of presenting the SEG Racing Academy way to everyone attending the conference in Brussels? I am really thankful to the organizers of the Science and Cycling conference for giving me the chance to present the way…continue reading →