Cees Bol: “I am working hard to get in a better shape than ever before”
The 2016 winner of the Olympia’s Tour winner had a tough first season with the Academy, as a home injury made him sit out for most of the season. A lot of hard work, sacrifices and dedication during his recovery process made possible for him to race before the season wrapped up. After leaving that behind, the 22-year old is more confident for the upcoming season, “I’m feeling confident ahead of 2018. I am working really hard to get there in better shape than ever before”. 

Despite everything that went on in 2017 the talented Dutchman has a clear idea on where to set the bar. “There is no getting around, my goals are winning races and show that I am ready to take on the next step. This very result focused goal but obviously I also want to get stronger and learn more about myself and about training” points out Cees. Together with teammate and U23 Dutch TT National champion, Julius van den Berg, they have been competing in track events this winter with the aim of “improving bike technique and tactical knowledge”. 

Cees has been working hard this winter as he went to Spain on his own to follow with the preparations for the 2018 season. In the coming months of January and February he will join the team in both training camps in Loutraki. “I am excited because in the camps we will get a really good preparation for the first races. Personally, I want to focus on short efforts so that will hopefully turn out in good results in prologue, sprints and one-day races”. Even though that the 2018 season is very young yet, the strong Dutchman has positive feeling after meeting the Academy squad for the coming year. “I think that the the team is going to be really strong. So we can really work with a good plan in the races and since racing is always unpredictable and different I can still learn from that how to react in the best way as a team to how the race unfolds”.