Julius van den Berg and Fabio Jakobsen at ZLM Roompot Tour

Julius van den Berg and Fabio Jakobsen at ZLM Roompot Tour

Coming weekend Fabio Jakobsen and Julius van den Berg will be defending the colors of the Dutch National team. After riding Ronde van Vlaanderen last weekend, now it is time for ZLM Roompot Tour.  The third event of the U23 Nations Cup will take place next Saturday in an 181 km long route with start and finish in the Dutch city of Goes. The races looks predominantly flat, but a fast local circuit will dictate the eventual winner of the day.  When talking about ZLM Roompot Tour it is impossible to forget Fabio Jakobsen’s last year stage…continue reading →
Two-day recon in Liège

Two-day recon in Liège

One of the most special races of the calendar is right upon us, our riders will be at the start line of Saturday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23. Today, our riders kicked off a two day recon of the famous climbs and roads of one of the five cycling monuments. On Saturday’s race they will have ahead a tough parcour that will include several short steep climbs along the way and tricky road roads. Recognizing climbs such as the Côte de Saint Nicolas, Côte d’Ans or the Côte de la Redoute it is an important task…continue reading →
Adriaan Janssen: “There are many more races I want to win”

Adriaan Janssen: “There are many more races I want to win”

Adriaan Janssen seized his first win of the season last Saturday, after riding solo to the line in the cobbled Omloop van de Braakman. “It was a tough race and it was hard to get in the right group. I had good legs and we were not working well together, so I decided to attack and go full gas during the last lap. It was a long way, but it worked pretty well.” The Dutch rider kicked off his season in Ster van Zwolle, but it wasn't until Tour de Normandie that he felt…continue reading →
Strong team performance in today’s individual time trial

Strong team performance in today’s individual time trial

The morning stage saw our riders getting down the ramp for the first time trial of the season. The 10km loop around Chièvres did not stop our Edoardo Affini as he powered to 8th place just six seconds down the stage winner. After a solid effort against the clock, Jan Maas and Hartthijs de Vries, moved up to 13th and 15th in GC.  The afternoon stage presented a challenging start where the riders had to tackle up to six categorized climbs within the first 40 km before getting into the final circuit. Ide Schelling…continue reading →
Circuit des Ardennes done and dusted

Circuit des Ardennes done and dusted

That’s a wrap for our guys in Circuit des Ardennes! In the short and explosive morning stage, the peloton tackled a 76km long parcour with several climbs along the way. It was a hectic start before a 4-men group jumped off the bunch in the last difficulty of the day, and rode to the finish line. In the last descent Gabriel Cullaigh positioned himself for the sprint of the bunch and took 8th.  The afternoon stage presented a tough parcour with 5 categorized climbs. After a fast first hour of racing, a group…continue reading →
Adriaan Janssen wins Omloop van de Braakman

Adriaan Janssen wins Omloop van de Braakman

What a day it was today at Omloop van de Braakman! With 50 km to go, the eventual winning move was made by ten riders, including Adriaan Janssen, who went up the road. Out of those ten, only seven made it to the last lap. And with 5km to go Adriaan launched his attack to ride solo to the finish line! To face today’s cobbles, Schwalbe provided us with tubeless tyres and the result was superb! After last year’s KOGA Slag om Norg win, today represented our second win riding on tubeless tyres.…continue reading →
Williams sprints to fourth in Circuit des Ardennes’ stage 1

Williams sprints to fourth in Circuit des Ardennes’ stage 1

After numerous attacks in the first kilometers of the race, a three-man group formed the break of the day. They were allowed a gap of close to five minutes. Our riders remained in the bunch as it went through the last categorized climb of the day. The leading trio was then caught on the descent. In the closing kilometers, our riders positioned Stephen Williams for the final uphill sprint, but the bunch was sent the wrong way with 100 meters to go. Thanks to a late attack, a rider eventually built a gap and took…continue reading →
Jan Maas: “International program, great material and awesome mates”

Jan Maas: “International program, great material and awesome mates”

After riding Belgium’s Triptyque des Monts et Châteux, Jan Maas will be back on the bike for this weekend’s Circuit des Ardennes in France. The 21-year old rider joined the team just last winter, but he is excited about being part of our 2017 squad. “Everything is great: we ride an international program with great material and awesome teammates. I think all of us can learn a lot.” Maas is motivated and ambitious ahead of the upcoming races. “I have ridden some of the important races in the U23 calendar already. That is…continue reading →
Hartthijs de Vries finishes in the front group in Triptyque’s stage 2

Hartthijs de Vries finishes in the front group in Triptyque’s stage 2

As expected, today was a hard day out  in Belgium. Four categorized climbs were tackled before the riders got to the final circuit with the cobbled climb of the Châteux d’Aitoing was awaiting twice. After a hectic start the peloton did not give much room to the breakaways that were trying to go clear. A massive crash in the first part of the stage, led to the race being neutralized by the organization. Three of our riders were involved in that accident, but all of them resumed the race without any notable injuries.…continue reading →
Triptyque stage 1 review

Triptyque stage 1 review

Tough day on the bike for our guys today in Belgium. Our 7 men line up started the Tryptique des Monts et Châteux with a 166 km long stage that featured up to four category one climbs. But the main difficulty of the day was the persistent rain and strong wind that was present all day long. It was a hard day for the peloton, as most of the time was spend chasing down different breakaway groups that were trying to go clear.  In the final part a group of 10 riders went…continue reading →