Schelling: “I expect that we will fight for the win again”

Schelling: “I expect that we will fight for the win again”

"I am feeling in shape and confident to go for a good result in Ronde de l'Isard". Short and clear, our 21-year old Dutchman hopes for a good one in Ronde de l'Isard, which starts tomorrow. Schelling played a key role last year as a former teammate and current Bahrain-Merida rider, Stevie Williams, took two stages as well as the overall win in the race. "I have done the race for the past two years, and even though the parcours are quite different to what we had last year, it will be a really…continue reading →
Weekend recap

Weekend recap

It was an action-packed weekend for the Academy as we featured the start line of U23 Road Series GP Arjaan Schipper on Saturday as well as Flèche Ardennaise on Sunday. The weekend got off to a solid start as our riders showed themselves from early on in. Quickly a 7-man group got a significant gap to the peloton, with Daan Hoole and Marten Kooistra representing our flag up front. Several groups tried to counter-attack, but we had it cover with Minne Verboom, Jordi Meeus and Jesper Rasch, who successfully defend their teammate's interests.…continue reading →

Groves 2nd in Frankfurt; Wrap up of the Tour de Bretagne

After a great week of racing around the French region of Bretagne, we faced the last stage before wrapping up the 2019 edition. The race featured, as per usual, and after several attempts to make it to the breakaway of the day. It was eventually a group of four riders the one that got the gap and spent the day up front. The peloton paced well the chase and made it back in time in order to contest the stage win through a bunch sprint. Our guys worked together to put yesterday's winner,…continue reading →
Hat-trick for Dainese

Hat-trick for Dainese

Today's stage at the Tour de Bretagne featured a 171 km long parcour between Le Ferre and Plurien, including four categorized clibms spaced by just 28 km. As per usual the race was off to a fast start with several attempts to for the breakaway of the day, but the peloton was not having it and one way or the other all the attacks were shut down until 4 riders got a gap with 100 km to go. They were brought back with more than 30 km left of racing action, and shortly after…continue reading →
Dainese crashes and loses GC lead

Dainese crashes and loses GC lead

After two successful days in controlling the race as the leader's jersey was on the shoulders of Alberto Dainese, the Academy committed again to try to deliver our Italian talent to the win for third day in a row. We took the front early in the race, after a 3-man group made it up the road, but the gap was never higher than two minutes as an important rider at the general classification featured the move. Despite having the break well-controlled at all times, bad luck hit the Academy as Alberto Dainese was caught…continue reading →
Dainese makes it two in a row at Tour de Bretagne

Dainese makes it two in a row at Tour de Bretagne

After yesterday's win and GC takeover by Alberto Dainese, our rider had the responsibility of dominating today's third stage all the way to Guegon. Our riders played it smart and Marten Kooistra got into the breakaway of the day alongside four other riders, which took off all the chasing duties from our riders' shoulders. The peloton allowed them a gap of almost five minutes before picking up the pace and reducing the margin. The Dutchman played it well in the breakaway and took the first place in the first intermediate sprint before taking third…continue reading →
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 →
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 →