M. Kooistra: ” This race is very special and one of the most beautiful ones I know.”

M. Kooistra: ” This race is very special and one of the most beautiful ones I know.”

A crash in the last edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen U23 resulted in a broken collarbone for Marten Kooistra. Thanks to a lot of work and a speedy recovery, the Dutch rider will be at the start line of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix U23: "My recovery was really fast and after a week I was riding on the Tacx. Then I started riding outdoors again and I felt that I was getting better day by day." Despite the setback that the injury meant to his training and racing programs, the strong Dutchman is looking…continue reading →
Double action day for the team

Double action day for the team

Yesterday we wrapped up the Ronde de l'Isard with a tough a fast stage where our Jan Maas was 15th in the stage and secured his Top 10 place on GC by moving up to ninth overall. Our British climber Stephen Williams rounded up a good days of racing for the team in France, finishing in 11th place. In Omloop der Kempen, our team could not defend the leaders jersey as Adriaan Janssen rolled in 16th place after the team tried to bring the eventually winning group of five riders back. Our Dutch…continue reading →
Maas and Williams in the Top 10 ahead of the final stage

Maas and Williams in the Top 10 ahead of the final stage

It wasn’t easy for the breakaway to go clear as the peloton was off to a fast and nervous start in today’s Ronde de l’Isard stage 3. It took almost an hour of racing for 4 members of the break to be allowed a gap by the peloton. On the slopes of the Col de Chioula the peloton contained a reduced numbers of riders, and they got the foot of Plateau de Beille 25 seconds behind the last two members of the break. Due to the high pace, two kilometers in the climb…continue reading →
Two riders in the Top 10 at Ronde de l’Isard

Two riders in the Top 10 at Ronde de l’Isard

Today’s stage was off to a fast start as it took more than an hour of racing before the breakaway of the day was clear. The early moved was made and it featured up to nine riders, including our Jan Maas, who took a bonus of three seconds after winning the first intermediate sprint. That group worked together and opened and the gap was up to two minutes at the top of the Col d’Ares with 29 km remaining. The nine leaders arrived to the final climb of the day, the Hospice de…continue reading →
Fabio Jakosbsen wins Ronde van Noord Holland

Fabio Jakosbsen wins Ronde van Noord Holland

It was a fast day at Ronde van Noord Holland, and as expected the wind was present from early on. Our riders were always present in the moves and echelons, with Julius van den Berg and Adriaan Janssen representing the team in a dangerous moves in the first part of the race. When the bunch entered inside the last 25km ten riders went up the road, including van den Berg again and Fabio Jakobsen. Both Dutch riders made the teamwork count and after playing it smart following all the late attacks, the group…continue reading →
Van den Berg is the fastest at the DK TT

Van den Berg is the fastest at the DK TT

Julius van den Berg and Ide Schelling put on some big power and secured first and second in the time trial of the NH District Kampioenschap. This was Julius' first victory this season and the first podium finish for first-year U23 Schelling. Both riders had a great performance with an average speed above 48 km/h. This one was the sixth victory of the season for our team this season and the first in the race against the clock.continue reading →
Medical update on Hartthijs de Vries

Medical update on Hartthijs de Vries

Last Wednesday Harttijs de Vries suffered an accident while training on the roads of Limburg. The Dutch rider crashed into the back of a car and was taken to the hospital. Following several MRI scans, the doctors have fortunately discarded any severe injuries in his neck. After spending a day under observation, De Vries, who was third in last year’s Olympia’s Tour, was released and able to go back home. Besides several stitches in his neck and face, Hartthijs has a small fracture in his nose. Another MRI scan will be done in…continue reading →
Stevie Willams takes second at Flèche Ardennaise

Stevie Willams takes second at Flèche Ardennaise

The race featured a hectic start as many attacks were done in the first kilometers of the race. A dangerous move with 15 riders, including Julius van den Berg, led the peloton to pick the speed up and stayed together until the riders hit the slopes of the Côte the Vecquée. Several attacks went by but it wasn’t until the race arrived to the foot of the Côte de Cornesse, that the eventual winning move was made. Stevie Williams jumped off the main group and brought to his wheel three other riders with…continue reading →
12th place on GC for Julius at Tour de Bretagne

12th place on GC for Julius at Tour de Bretagne

Once again it was a rainy stage at Tour de Bretagne. After a fast start, a group of 28 riders including the race leader and GC contenders went up the road, and our Julius van den berg alongside Stevie Williams were part of it. Julius got to the last lap in an 8-man chasing group, but in the closing kilometers an inopportune puncture forced him to led the group go. Stevie Williams gave his wheel to the Dutch rider and rolled to the line in 12th place. We wrap up the Tour de…continue reading →
Fabio Jakobsen wins Rund um den Finanzplatz U23

Fabio Jakobsen wins Rund um den Finanzplatz U23

What a day it was today! On German roads, four of our riders took part in the U23 race of the WorldTour’s Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. After an amazing ride under a very strong and persistent rain, Adriaan Janssen and Fabio Jakobsen were part of an 8 man group that was upfront in the final local circuit. In the closing kilometers Adriaan Janssen chased all the late attacks of his rivals and led the sprint for Fabio Jakobsen. The U23 Dutch national champion had no opposition and was the fastest at the finish line…continue reading →