David Dekker

Who? David Dekker, A.K.A SneakerDave. What about him?  David joined the Academy ahead of the 2020 season which was also his last in the U23 ranks. He landed a spot onto our program after seizing five wins in 2019 including the U23 Dutch Road Race title.    How did he perform?   His first and only season at the Academy was a very successful one. Straight from the gate, David showed the world what he was capable of and seized the win in our season opener, Ster van Zwolle, as well as in…continue reading →

Thymen Arensman

Who? Thymen Arensman, cycling's Clark Kent: Monday-Friday, just a regular high school student. Sunday,Tour de l'Avenir podium finisher. What about him?    Thymen Arensman joined the Academy in 2018 from the junior ranks after showing that talent in road racing as well as cyclocross. In 2018 he combined his racing and training programs with his last year in high school and graduated during the summertime and enrolled in History studies in the University of Utrecht. The multi-talented rider has been an example of time planning during his stay at the Academy.    How…continue reading →

Kaden Groves

Who? Kaden Groves, 'Grovesy'. What about him?    While racing in Australia and Asia with Saint George Continental team and Mitchelton-Scott's development squad, he quickly became was one of the most promising sprinting prospects, and landed in the Academy ready to show what he was capable of in the European circuit.    How did he perform?   Kaden took the European scene by storm and proved himself as one of the best sprinters in the category after taking two stage wins in the first two stage races he started in, Triptyque des Monts…continue reading →

Vasilis Anastopoulos

Who? The Greek cycling God, Vasilis Anastopoulos. He was the shadow of all our talents for five years.  What about him? Back in 2014, when the project of the SEG Racing Academy was at a very early stage, Anastopoulos was contacted and offered the chance to join the Performance Staff of the team. Five years down the line and after being promote to Performance Manager when Michel Elijzen graduated in 2017, we can proudly say that the Academy achieved its initial goal. To become one of the best development teams in the world. …continue reading →

Ide Schelling

Who? Ide Schelling, from Den Haag to the Bora - Hansgrohe squad.  What about him?    Ide joined the Academy straight from the junior ranks in 2017. The young Dutchman was the most talented rider in the country in the category and was willing to learn all about professional cycling in the Academy. The plan was clear, he had the potential, we had the knowledge, logistics and the right racing program to slowly develop him into an all-arounder. Each season the season was heavier and the goals were higher and bigger, and step…continue reading →

Alberto Dainese

Who? Italian roots, unique style. Alberto 'King of Europe' Dainese.  What about him?    In September 2018, Alberto Dainese landed at the Academy ready to make himself ready to move up to the professional peloton. In his first month as a member of the Academy, he already took the win into Kermesses competing against WorldTour rider. It takes a special mindset to come all the way from Italy to the Netherlands and be the best sprinter of the U23 ranks. But the goal was clear and the path was achieved.    How did…continue reading →

Bárnabas Peák

Who? Bárnabas 'Barney' Peák, he came as Hungarian champion and left as WorldTour rider. What about him?    Bárnabas arrived to the Academy ahead of the 2019 season from the UCI World Men Team and a traineeship at Quick-Step Floors. He was the current U23 and Elite Hungarian Champion in both disciplines, which allowed him to wear a really stylish jersey that made him stand out in the peloton.    How did he perform?   Barnabás showed the type of rider that he is in Tour de Normandie. After crashing hard in the…continue reading →

Alex Evans

Who? Alex Evans. All the way from Australia, with a huge climbing engine. What about him?    Alex had been racing in Australia before the Academy management got in contact with him. After a super performance at 2018 Herald Sun Tour, where he only Esteban Chaves could beat him in the only mountain top finish. He's climbing talent was there, and his massive engine as well but he need the right guidence and experienced training personel to get the best out of him. After a traineeship with BMC Racing, where he got a…continue reading →
Michel Cornelisse

Michel Cornelisse

Who? Netherland's finest, Michel Cornelisse, enjoyed a 13-year long pro career in teams such as Superconfex, Panasonic and TVM before jumping on the car and becoming Sports Director for Vacansoleil (NED), MTN - Qhubeka (RSA) and Team Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij (NED), before joining the Academy in 2018. What about him? In May 2017, Michel served as "guest" Sports Director of the Academy during the Ronde de l'Isard. He felt an instant connection to the team, riders, and staff. When the season was over, he had it very clear, he wanted to come back…continue reading →
Edoardo Affini

Edoardo Affini

Who? Edoardo Affini, Italian style, WorldTour level.  What about him?    After two difficult years as U23 in Italy, Affini joined the Academy in 2017 in order to make the next step and get ready to jump to the professional ranks.    How did he perform?   In his first year at the Academy, Affini already achieved some notable results in time trials (4th in the U23 European Championships and 8th in the U23 Worlds), and week-long stage races (6th overall in Olympia's Tour), but it was the working base and the individualized…continue reading →