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 a total of eight riders including our 22-year Dutchman, Cees Bol, and they were allowed more than three minutes by the bunch as they head towards the first climb of the day. 

The 8-man breakaway group stayed together until the hit the slopes of the infamous Côte de la Vecque. There the front group exploded, leaving Cees Bol in a leading trio before eventually coming down to just two riders in front. The leading duo where our strong Dutchman was riding kept a gap that was close to one minute at all times, while behind the main group was picking up the pace in the climbs leading the race to explode into small groups. Both riders entered into the last local lap with almost a minute to the closest chasers, and both riders fought for the victory in a 2-man sprint. Cees Bol was the fastest and took his third win of the season. 

Our 22-year old Dutchman has been off to a great start of the season. In just two months he has been capable to score a total of three wins alongside the points jersey in Tour de Bretagne. His competitiveness and hard-working mentality are seeing a reward after a challenging 2017. With today’s performance, Bol takes his 17th Top 10 of the season, which shows the dominance and impact he has had in every race he showed up. 

Cees Bol seized his third win of the season:
“I was really looking forward to getting into the breakaway because I had the feeling that I would adapt better to a long steady effort instead of the stops and starts that sometimes happen in the peloton. Once I was in there I felt strong, and because of the headwind I knew that we had to go together, there was no place for a long solo effort. When we got into the last kilometer together I knew that I could win because I was more explosive that him, so I went hard and I could take the victory. I am really happy as today’s win shows that all the fatigue form Bretagne adapted to my legs and that my condition is good. I’m looking forward to more wins!”