Dainese, stage and GC lead in Tour de Bretagne

Dainese, stage and GC lead in Tour de Bretagne

After yesterday's tough start, marked by crashes in the crucial moments of the stage, our riders hit the road in today's stage two with the goal of redeeming themselves from the bad vibes. And what a way to do it.Three riders broke clear of the peloton shortly after the stage started, and the team of the GC leader was the one that took the responsibility of the chase while our riders sat in the bunch together, saving up the legs. In the closing kilometers of the race, our youngsters moved up the bunch…continue reading →
Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Today we kicked off the Tour de Bretagne, one of the most important stage races in our calendar. We come back to this edition with high hope and ready to emulate our 2018 team that took two stage wins. As per usual the stage presented a broken parcour, which good positioning in the bunch was key to save energy and face with guarantees the closing part of the day. The first part of the stage was marked by a countless number of attacks that were all brought back by the bunch, until one sole…continue reading →
Dainese 5th in Arno; Groves 8th in Liège

Dainese 5th in Arno; Groves 8th in Liège

It was an action-packed day as we started in cycling's monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 and Netherlands' Arno Wallaard Memorial. In Belgium, our riders showed their commitment to the cause early on as Adam Hartley represented the Academy colors in an 11-man group that made it up the road with around 100 km remaining. The short and steep climbs caused some splits in the peloton, with our riders always riding close to the head of the group. The closing part of the race was marked by the hard pace in the climbs, and eventually, a…continue reading →
Circuit des Ardennes recap

Circuit des Ardennes recap

The last day at the Circuit des Ardennes awaited with a double stage, the first one featuring a bit less than 60 km. After a hectic start, three riders broke clear of the bunch and took a minute and a half as a gap. The peloton picked up the pace coming into the last côtes of the stage, but the junction was never made and the attackers sprinted for the win with some seconds over the peloton. The fast pace and succession of short steep climbs caused some echelons in the bunch, but…continue reading →
Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

It was an action-packed day as the Academy had representation in three different races today. Alberto Dainese, Daan Hoole and Marten Kooistra were up for Ronde van Vlaanderen u23 today. And also in Belgian soil, our team was represented in U23 Road Series' Tombroek Koerse. It was a hectic day out, in which the Academy was well-represented in most of the last moves through Bárnabas Peák, before Jordi Meeus got himself in a group of 7 riders coming into the final part of the day. The group cooperated together and in the final…continue reading →
Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

The Circuit des Ardennes kicked off with a long 188 km long stage. The day was off to calm start and quickly two riders escaped from the main group and they got a significant gap that at a certain point was more than 6 minutes. Even though a rider tried to bridge across the leading group at a certain point, he was eventually brought back by the bunch. All six Academy jerseys could be found in the peloton, sitting nice and easy in the wheels saving energy for the final sprint to the line.…continue reading →
Thymen Arensman will return in Circuit des Ardennes

Thymen Arensman will return in Circuit des Ardennes

Just before our season kicked off in early March, our Thymen Arensman suffered a crash during training that resulted in a broken collarbone, forcing our talented Dutchman to postpone his 2019 debut. The runner-up of 2018 the Tour de l'Avenir is now busy preparing his comeback to the racing scheme. "I feel very good right now. I feel that my form is coming back and becoming stronger, I am not back at my old level but we are taking step by step" points out Arensman. Despite undergoing surgery our 19-year old, quickly jumped on…continue reading →
Groves makes it two in Triptyque’s last stage

Groves makes it two in Triptyque’s last stage

After yesterday's double sector, the bunch faced one last stage before wrapping up the 2019 edition of the Triptyque des Monts et Chateâux. The stage started with several attackers trying to make it up the road, being first a group of five riders the ones who got themselves away from the main group.However, the bunch picked up the pace and got to the leading group with more than 100 km to go. Various echelons happened, but our colors were always well-represented upfront. Finally, it was a group of four riders the one that…continue reading →
Hoole and Rasch get into the Top 10 in today’s double sector

Hoole and Rasch get into the Top 10 in today’s double sector

After yesterday's sensational victory by Kaden Groves in the sprint of the opening stage in Triptyque des Monts et Chateâux, today it was the turn for a hard double sector that started with an 11-km long time trial. Our fast Australian was the last man off the ramp as he was leading the overall classification. Our best-placed rider was Daan Hoole, who set the eighth fastest, proving that despite being a second-year U23 he is already fighting with the best in the category when riding against the clock. The afternoon sector featured a…continue reading →
Kaden Groves takes the win in Triptyque’s opening stage

Kaden Groves takes the win in Triptyque’s opening stage

Today's opening stage in Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux featured a total of 147,1 km that finished with two local laps to a circuit. The day was off to a fast start until three riders make it up the road, with one chaser in between them and the big group for many kilometers. All Academy jersey sat safe and easy in the wheels, saving energy for the final rush. The gap opened by the leading group surpassed the 5'30" mark, before the peloton picked up the pace and reduced the time difference. Once the…continue reading →