Preview Grote Prijs Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven

Tomorrow we will be back in action at the Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven. The race previews a fast and tough race as the predominantly flat parcours and the local laps will be filled with continuous attacks and attempts to make it far away from the main group. The fact that the starting list is filled with WT and PT teams is a challenge for our riders, that will be fighting to get the best possible out of the day.  Lineup Grote Prijs Jef Scherens: Corbin Strong, Harrison Wood, Maikel Zijlaard,…continue reading →

Hoole, Frigo and van Tricht on their way to the Tour de l’Avenir

We are two days away from the start of the most prestigious race in the U23 category, the Tour de l'Avenir. After a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, the race is back at its fullest with nine stages after the initial prologue. It will be a showdown among the best talents in the category, and Daan Hoole (Netherlands), Marco Frigo (Italy) and Stan van Tricht (Belgium) will represent our Academy there.  Read their goals and ambitions ahead of the 10-day journey in France:  Daan Hoole, is ready for his…continue reading →

Corbin Strong signs with Israel Start-Up Nation

We are proud to announce that Corbin Strong will move up to the professional ranks with Israel-Start Up Nation. "I’m really excited to make this step up and switch my focus from the track to the road. The last two years have been far from what I had imagined with being in NZ preparing for the delayed Olympics, this has just made me really motivated and hungry to prove my talent on the road" highlights the 21-year old.  Over the past two seasons, the Academy has monitored and guided Corbin throughout his different…continue reading →

Dries de Pooter becomes a trainee at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert

We are very delighted to announce that Dries de Pooter will join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert as a trainee for the remainder of the season. "I'm very happy with the opportunity! It is a dream come true to get a chance at the WorldTour. The fact that I can do that as an 18-year old it is something to be proud of. I am really excited about the development side of things, I can learn lot a there and that will surely help me to perform well at the U23 category later on. I want to…continue reading →

Stan van Tricht will join Deceuninck Quick-Step as a trainee

We are delighted to announce that Stan van Tricht will join Deceuninck Quick-Step as a trainee for the remainder of the season. This way he will become our 30th rider that gets a chance to move up to the professional ranks in our seven-year stint in the peloton. "I feel super excited for joining Deceuninck Quick-Step as a trainee for the next three months. Knowing that I will be racing with this team really motivates me to keep on working hard to achieve my highest level and show this while racing with them"…continue reading →

Preview Heistse Pijl

Tomorrow we are back in racing mode as seven of our talents will tackle 1.1 Heistse Pijl. The one-day race presents a relatively flat parcour with start in Turnhout and will finish in Heist-op-den-Berg 191 km later. The team is motivated to come back to a race that could not be held last year because of the pandemic, and we will look forward to replicating the success that we had there in 2018, when Cees Bol powered to a very strong Top 5 in a tricky final. We will show up at the…continue reading →

Dries de Pooter: “I made progress but I want to keep on rising”

After clinching the Junior Belgium Road Race champion last year, Dries de Pooter moved up to the U23 ranks with the Academy. Already in his first year in the category, he has put together strong performances that show a glimpse of his upcoming potential. "I’m very happy with the first part of the season. I made the progress I hoped for and the shape is still rising for the upcoming goals" points out the youngster.  De Pooter rode to the fourth and sixth in two stages of the Course de la Paix, before…continue reading →

Wessel Krul takes ninth in the finale at Alsace

Today's stage marked the final of the 2021 edition of the Tour d'Alsace. After a solid day yesterday, in which Harrison Wood was part of the breakaway until the final part of the day, and thanks to this performance, he was awarded as the Most Combative Rider of the day. Marco Frigo also defended himself well in the last climb, crossing the line in 13th place in the day. Today the story in the early part was similar as in the days before. A breakaway of 8 riders broke clear in the early…continue reading →

De Pooter takes 10th at the Planche des Belles Filles

Today's stage at the Tour d'Alsace featured a broken parcour that finished off atop of the mythical Planche des Belles Filles, one of the most famous climbs in the cycling scene. The race was off to a fast start, but the breakaway was soon set and the peloton allowed them quite a gap again. After 60 km, a group of four riders gapped the main group by more than 6 minutes.  The peloton picked up the pace quickly and with around 10 km to the line the race was back in one piece.…continue reading →

Hard day out in Alsace

After a very strong 3-man prologue yesterday, in which the one formed by Daan Hoole, Wessel Krul and Stan van Tricht fell less than one second short of the win, it was the turn of the first road stage. Such a performance in yesterday's opener, allowed Stan van Tricht to start the day in the Best Young Rider.  Our goal today was to be part of the breakaway, but despite the effort, it was a group of five riders that was allowed up the road, getting a maximum gap of seven minutes. When…continue reading →