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 →
Martijn de Jong: “Focus on development is key for us”

Martijn de Jong: “Focus on development is key for us”

Martijn de Jong is enjoying his second season with the team. He feels he is in the right place to keep growing as a rider. "The development focus is key for us riders. The team does not always look at the results, but rather to the performance. This gives us a lot of confidence. With this way of working, I can get better and better.” After a season start more focused on flatter races, now it is time for the hilly courses to come in. Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux and Circuit des…continue reading →
Michiel Elijzen: “We can look forward with a lot of confidence”

Michiel Elijzen: “We can look forward with a lot of confidence”

With several one-day races and the first stage race of the season in the books, our Performance Manager is happy with how the team has ridden so far: "I’m really satisfied with the first weeks of racing. Not only because of the two victories, but also the way the team has presented itself during the races: aggressive and competing as one. I think that is an important part of development." Tour of Normandie was one of our first targets and the team got in there with a clear goal. "We said before the race…continue reading →
Fabio sixth in Normandie; Hartthijs fifth in Gent-Wevelgem

Fabio sixth in Normandie; Hartthijs fifth in Gent-Wevelgem

That is a wrap for our first stage race of the season! Today's stage was off to a fast start as it took a while for the breakaway to being formed. Eventually a group of 3 guys went up the road and stayed there until 6 km to go. With the peloton all together heading to the last lap our guys positioned Fabio Jakobsen for the final sprint and he finished in sixth place.  With several top placements and a stage win, we are really satisfied on how our first stage race went, and…continue reading →
Gabriel Cullaigh sprints to tenth in Normandie

Gabriel Cullaigh sprints to tenth in Normandie

Another high speed day in the books for our guys as today's average speed was again above the 44km/h. The sixth stage of the Tour de Normandie  presented a challenging initial terrain with 3 categorized climbs, and after several attempts the final breakaway of the day was formed by four riders.  The peloton kicked up the pace as they got to the hilly local circuit but the victory remained upfront and it was played in a four men sprint. Because of the accumulated fatigue and the exigent parcour the peloton was down to…continue reading →
Medical update

Medical update

Cees Bol Even though he was more than ready to kick off his season, Cees Bol suffered an unfortunate incident at home. A knock on his head resulted in a severe concussion. We are being extra careful with Cees, monitoring him day by day to see when it will be appropriate for him to get back on the bike. This is obviously a big blow for the winner of Olympia’s Tour 2016, who had ambitious goals for this spring. Hopefully, Cees will be fully recovered soon.  Peter Lenderink The strong Dutchman had a…continue reading →