Bol finishes 10th in Binche and seals a third overall in the Napoleon Cup Games
After nine rounds filled with nail-biting action, today the Napoleon Cup Games held its finale with Binche-Chimay-Binche. The race presented a hilly parcour that featured some cobbled sections that the bunch had to tackle at each local lap. If the profile was not hard enough, the rider had the company from the rain already before the race was underway, and they carried it all the way to the line. 

The race started with several attempts of making a powerful breakaway group, and it was our Ide Schelling who kept the Academy flag well-represented when he joined a 6-man alongside some strong riders. The peloton worked to bring down that move, and the one that followed was the one which stuck. The hard parcour and the bad weather made it an elimination race for the main bunch, as it was slowly losing units. After several moves, the race got into the closing part of the race with one sole leader up front and Jan Maas together with Cees Bol in the bunch. 

The win was decided in the final cobbled climb, with Bol coming home in tenth place for the day. Following this result, the 23-year old Dutchman finishes the Napoleon Cup Games in third place overall and having worn the leader’s jersey for several days. The talented rider showed an incredible consistency throughout the competition and an immense capacity of performing in all types of race scenarios, which powered him to second in GP Marcel Kint and fifth in Heistse Pijl against riders from superior ranks. Even though that Bol himself and the Academy rode for the win, we are proud of his achievement! 

Our next race will be in French soil as we will line up for Paris Tours U23 the upcoming 7th of October.