Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener

Today we kicked off the Tour de Bretagne, one of the most important stage races in our calendar. We come back to this edition with high hope and ready to emulate our 2018 team that took two stage wins. As per usual the stage presented a broken parcour, which good positioning in the bunch was key to save energy and face with guarantees the closing part of the day. The first part of the stage was marked by a countless number of attacks that were all brought back by the bunch, until one sole…continue reading →
Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

Groves wins the opening stage in Circuit des Ardennes

The Circuit des Ardennes kicked off with a long 188 km long stage. The day was off to calm start and quickly two riders escaped from the main group and they got a significant gap that at a certain point was more than 6 minutes. Even though a rider tried to bridge across the leading group at a certain point, he was eventually brought back by the bunch. All six Academy jerseys could be found in the peloton, sitting nice and easy in the wheels saving energy for the final sprint to the line.…continue reading →
Chaotic day in Normandie with Meeus spriting to third

Chaotic day in Normandie with Meeus spriting to third

After yesterday's win by Alberto Dainese, which also catapulted him to the top of the General Classification, today's stage was presented as a tough one for our guys. The Italian sprinter started the day in the right way as he took three bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint. But after a very fast first hour of racing, where the bunch covered almost 50 km, our Italian sprinter could not follow the pace and lost contact to the main group in the second climb of the day. That group never got back to the bunch,…continue reading →
Hard day up La Planche des Belles Filles

Hard day up La Planche des Belles Filles

One of the hardest stages of the Tour d'Alsace was up for grabs today. The 143 km long parcour included a total of five categorized climbs along the way and it presented a hard-fought battle all the way until the end. The peloton was off to a fast start and after several attempts to make it to the breakaway, with Thymen Arensman representing our colors, it was a group of four riders the ones who made the cut. Once the four-man group was away there were several counter-attacks that could not distance themselves from…continue reading →
Preview Market Heistse Pijl

Preview Market Heistse Pijl

After some hectic racing action in last Sunday's Paris Roubaix, the Academy will pin on the numbers again tomorrow in Belgium's 1.1 Market Heistse Pijl. The race presents a predominantly flat parcour that will be decided after a total of eight local laps. A fast day on the bike, with no rest and tireless attacking, is expected as well as changing weather conditions. Seven talented riders will represent the Academy flag in the start line in Turnhout, with Cees Bol looking forward to continuing with his amazing results chart that has seen him a total of 19 times…continue reading →
Back-to-back wins for Williams who extends the race lead

Back-to-back wins for Williams who extends the race lead

After yesterday's stage win and race leadership, our riders faced today's stage two with the pressure of defending Stevie Williams' leader's jersey. The stage featured a mountaintop finish, with almost 8 kilometers at a nine percent average gradient. The day was off to a nervous start and our George Stavrakakis was involved in one of the crashes shortly after the stage was on. A group of 15 riders formed the breakaway of the day, with our Ide Schelling representing the Academy interests in the front. The race went on without any major incidents with…continue reading →
Anastopoulos: “Being the best team in Normandie and Bretagne shows the strength of the Academy”

Anastopoulos: “Being the best team in Normandie and Bretagne shows the strength of the Academy”

After several hard working months behind the scenes, the Academy has been off to a strong season start. A total of 15 wins after just two months of racing do not come out of the blue, way before our first training camp our riders' training has been monitored by our Performance Staff in order to get the best out of each of them. "We can proudly say that the big performances have not come from one or two riders but from the whole team. Many different riders have been strong already and won some races,…continue reading →
Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

It was an action-packed day for the team as aside from the last stage in the week-long Tour de Bretagne, seven of our talents were in the start line of Eschborn-Frankfurt U23. In Bretagne, a 145 km long stage with a tough and hard parcour was awaiting the riders before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the race, and it did not disappoint. The stage was off to a really fast start, with the bunch completing almost 47 km in the first hour of racing. A lot of attacks took place from early on,…continue reading →
Bol and Williams sprint into the Top 10 after an amazing team performance

Bol and Williams sprint into the Top 10 after an amazing team performance

Yesterday's stage saw the bunch complete the longest day in the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne, as well as our Edoardo Affini climbing all the way to third in the overall classification after a really strong performance that earned him a third place in the stage. Today the riders had in the menu 163 km between Clohars-Carnoët and Grand-Champ, with a hilly and tough final local circuit awaiting to decide the stage glory. The stage started with a lot of attacks, which brought large groups to be eventually distanced from the main group and…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

After yesterday's opening stage today the bunch had to face a total of 180 km starting in Louisfert and finishing with five local laps in Plougoumelen. Once again the race was off to a fast start with several attempts to make it to the breakaway of the day. Edoardo Affini, who was already up the road yesterday, represented the Academy colors in those early moves. Eventually, two riders moved away from the bunch, and they were allowed a gap of more than five minutes.  Our riders kept always a front position in the peloton, always…continue reading →
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