Julius van den Berg

Julius van den Berg

Who? Julius van den Berg, born in 1996, was part of the first ever Academy roster back in 2015 and after four years in our development program he showed that he was more than ready to move up to professional level.  What about him?    Van den Berg was the first rider that the management of the Academy talked to when they were building the team ahead of the 2015 season. He came straight from the Junior ranks and already then we knew that we were dealing with a potential WorldTour talent.    How did…continue reading →
Hartthijs de Vries

Hartthijs de Vries

Who?Hartthijs de Vries, big talent of the 1996 class and joined SEG Racing Academy in his last step before moving up to the Pro Ranks. What about him? Hartthijs joined the team in 2017, following two years at Rabobank Development Team. Among his achievements there was a third place overall at Olympia’s Tour and the Best Young Rider award in the Top Competitie, both in 2016.How did he perform?De Vries was off to a strong start, with a fifth place at Gent-Wevelgem U23, 13th in the general classification of the Triptyque des Mônts et Châteaux…continue reading →
Adriaan Janssen

Adriaan Janssen

Who?    Adriaan Janssen, born in 1995, he arrived to the Academy ahead of the 2017 season as last year U23 ready to take the next step.  What about him?  Adriaan joined the team for the 2017 season from Jo Piels Cycling Team as a last year U23 rider. His strong results in the U23 circuit made clear that we were dealing with an upcoming talent.     How did he perform?  There is no discussion about Adriaan’s talent for cycling, so we gave him the best possible program he could have. From time…continue reading →

Fabio Jakobsen

Who? Fabio Jakobsen, talented bike rider raised in Heukelum. Fabio joined the team as a first year U23 with the dream of joining the WorldTour one day. Three years and 13 wins later signed for Quick-Step Floors team.What about him?Fabio was part of the first ever Academy roster in 2015 after shining in his last year as a Junior, during which he seized a total of 13 wins. Moving to the U23 ranks with an already impressive tally didn’t make him stop working hard and chasing his dream of reaching the WorldTour.How did he…continue reading →
Michiel Elijzen

Michiel Elijzen

Who? Dutchie and Utrecht-based. Before turning his attention to coaching, Michiel was a former professional on the road. He raced for Cofidis (FRA), Rabobank (NED) and Lotto (BEL). Winner of the Eneco Tour prologue and Duo Normand alongside Bradley Wiggins. What about him? Michiel was one of the youngest sport directors ever. After two years in the car with the Belgium Lotto team, he moved to Dutch team Rabobank. Spending his time at Rabo and Belkin, Michiel realised being just a DS wasn’t for him. He wanted to develop himself into a complete…continue reading →
Ken Vanmarcke

Ken Vanmarcke

Who? Flandrien, former U23 rider, brother of Sep Vanmarcke. A great guy with an endless motivation! What about him? As a long-time SEG Cycling client, Sep Vanmarcke is really known in our organisation and that goes for his brother Ken as well. Ken has always been a unique force behind Sep’s career, as an advisor, trainer, coach, strategist. Ken was an unknown coaching talent, without realising it himself. As a postman, he had to wake up every morning at 5:00, so he could join brother Sep for his training in the afternoon. That…continue reading →
Nick Schultz

Nick Schultz

Who? Nicholas ‘Nick’ Schultz. Brisbane roots. Australian made. What about him? Nick joined the Academy from French top amateur team CR4C Roanne. The time spent in France showed his potential for GC; his data told us we were dealing with a great talent here. It was just a matter of development to help this rider move up. How did he perform? He was super solid from the start, but made a big entrance in the world of cycling by winning Tour de Bretagne's last stage. That made Nick realise he had the talent…continue reading →
Jenthe Biermans

Jenthe Biermans

Who? Typical Flandrien but from Geel, in Belgium. What about him? Great talent. He came to our team with the Belgian title and a Tour of Flanders win – both at junior level – under his belt. Expectations regarding him in Belgium were pretty high, so it was a good decision to start his road to the pros with our Academy! How did he perform? He invested a lot and that was seen by our performance staff. The first time he shined was at Paris-Roubaix 2015. He was leading the race solo on…continue reading →
Tim Ariesen

Tim Ariesen

Who? Tim ‘Willem’ Ariesen. Dutchie, Dreamer. What about him? Tim made a good impression during the 2015 season. Winning U23 races, finishing top 5 among the pros. Nice project! How did he perform? We realised we had to grow his engine, so we gave him a race-heavy program and a great workload. Even more important, we had to turn Tim into a real bike rider. He had often no idea about what he was doing. So it was a matter of pure development and a challenge for our staff. His problem on the…continue reading →
Zhihui Jiang

Zhihui Jiang

Who? Named ‘Hui’ for friends, teammates and staff. Straight from China. Owner of some great tattoos. What about him? Together with Shimano, we scout the Asian market for talents. There is for sure a lot of talent there, but they need the right development (and patience) to make it to the European pro scene. We are convinced it’s possible, but only when we are able to work with the Asian riders from a young age. The more we can teach them at an early stage, the better. Zhihui Jiang was one of the…continue reading →
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