Affini: “Our goal will be to do everything in our power to be the first into the velodrome”

Affini: “Our goal will be to do everything in our power to be the first into the velodrome”

Sunday's Paris Roubaix will see Edoardo Affini's first ever participation in the U23 version of the Hell of the North. The 21-year old Italian feels calm and excited ahead of pinning on the numbers for such an iconic race. "It is thrilling to be at the start of such an amazing race. It will be my first time as a U23 rider, but I already have an idea of what is coming as I did it as a Junior. To be honest, it was a really positive experience and I can't wait to be back…continue reading →
The Academy wraps up an amazing week with the overall win in l’Isard and a podium in GP Marcel Kint

The Academy wraps up an amazing week with the overall win in l’Isard and a podium in GP Marcel Kint

An unforgettable week for the Academy was wrapped up in the best possible way by our talents. Stevie Williams sealed the overall win in the first European U23 stage race of the season and Cees Bol kept his amazing result chart on point after sprinting to second place in Belgium's 1.1 GP Marcel Kint. The 4-day Ronde de l'Isard ended in an epic way, as three first category climbs awaited the riders on their way to Saint Girons. Our Welsh climber, winner of the first two stages, started the day with 23 seconds over the second…continue reading →
Williams keeps the yellow jersey safe with one day to go

Williams keeps the yellow jersey safe with one day to go

Today's stage between Lévignac and Boulogne-sur-Gesse featured a totally different type of parcour than the two previous days. The never stopping ups and downs on the road to the finish made it a hard day for the peloton since the very beginning of the day. The bunch quickly broke into two big group, with four Academy riders keeping Stevie Williams always safe in the front. Numerous attacks took part in the front of the race, leading to a constant high pace, with our riders always reacting in front and keeping our chances high. In…continue reading →
Williams wins the stage and takes yellow in Ronde de l’Isard

Williams wins the stage and takes yellow in Ronde de l’Isard

The 2018 edition of Ronde de l'Isard kicked off with a hard stage that featured none other than the Col du Portet d'Aspet and an uphill finish to Eycheil. The day started with some nervous riding in the neutral zone before the 11-man break took off. Our 19-year Daan Hoole represented the Academy colors in that move, and they went on to hold almost four minutes to the bunch. In the main group, behind our riders worked together to keep the legs fresh for the climbing section of the day. Once the race hit…continue reading →
Preview Ronde de l’Isard

Preview Ronde de l’Isard

Tomorrow the Academy will kick off in Lorp-Sentaraille its participation in the 2018 edition of the famous Ronde de l'Isard. Four days of hard racing and steep long climbs await the riders, but all the work and dedication will pay off for the 6 talented riders that will lineup in the race.  Jan Maas (ninth) and Stevie Williams (11th) rounded up a really strong performance last year, and both riders are looking forward to improving what they achieved in 2017. The first two stages will see the peloton finishing up in mountaintop finishes, while the third…continue reading →
Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

After yesterday's Ronde van Overijssel, where Cees Bol took fifth, it was the turn for Profronde van Noord-Holland as our second and last race of this action-packed weekend. The race presented a 194 km long parcour, but the unexistent wind made it for a quiet start and it took more than 100 km for a breakaway to go clear. Six riders got close to a minute before the race broke into pieces with six Academy riders making it to the front group. The good positioning allowed our riders to make it to the front…continue reading →
Cees Bol sprints to fifth in Ronde van Overijssel

Cees Bol sprints to fifth in Ronde van Overijssel

Today's Ronde van Overijssel marked our first race of the action-packed weekend that the Academy will enjoy in the Netherlands that will be completed tomorrow with Ronde van Noord-Holland. The lack of wind set a fast start of the day with several attacks taking place during the first kilometers of the day. Edoardo Affini, who rode solo in the front for more than 20 km, and later Peter Lenderink, who went away in a 9-man group, kept the Academy flag well-represented upfront. After all those moves were brought back, it was Cees Bol…continue reading →
Preview Ronde van Overijssel & Ronde van Noord Holland

Preview Ronde van Overijssel & Ronde van Noord Holland

After some hard but successful racing in Tour de Bretagne and Flèche Ardennaise, the Academy colors will be back on the road with an action-packed weekend in the Netherlands. Saturday's Ronde van Overijssel will see the peloton racing through its 200 km long parcour. The flat and open roads will be a synonym and high pace and tireless attacking, with the race being decided in the final two local laps in Rijssen. On Sunday it will the turn of Ronde van Noord-Holland with start and finish in Alkmaar. The race will follow the same…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes Flèche Ardennaise

Cees Bol takes Flèche Ardennaise

A total of nine côtes throughout 180 km was what awaited the riders in the 2018 edition of Flèche Ardennaise. The race, with start and finish in Herve, feature plenty of short steep climbs in the course before heading into the final local circuit, that was set to decide the race. As soon as the starting flag was down, the first attacks took place and it was Julius van den Berg and Thymen Arensman the ones who kept the Academy colors well-represented up front. The eventual breakaway of the day was formed by…continue reading →
Preview Flèche Ardennaise

Preview Flèche Ardennaise

A total of nine côtes through the 180 km long parcour await the riders in the 2018 edition of Flèche Ardennaise. Last year the Academy was off to a great run as our Welsh climber, Stevie Williams, finished second and Jan Maas rolled in seventh. The race will see the riders tackling slopes of more than 15% gradient before deciding the day's glory in the final local circuit in Herve. The success enjoyed by the Academy in the races leading to Flèche Ardennaise will help in the confidence and morale of our six…continue reading →