De Vries signs a 2-year deal with Team Roompot
Hartthijs de Vries will move up to the pro ranks as he will join Team Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij for the upcoming two seasons. It was a tough season for the 21-year old Dutchman because after a solid start of his 2017 campaign, (he took fifth in the U23 Gent-Wevelgem and 13th in the GC of the Tryptique des Monts et Châteaux) he crashed to the back of a car while training and Limburg in mid-May. “I had a lot of bad luck this season. The accident during training, and after that (maybe also a little bit due to the accident) I was ill a few times. I missed a few important races. I took a few victories in small Dutch races and also placed 5th in Gent-Wevelgem at the beginning of the season, and that was a good feeling.” says De Vries. 

But the talented climber bounced back and did not only successfully recover from his injuries, but also put on a great performance at the Nationals one month later. He finished with the fourth fastest time in the Time Trial, and seized a well-deserved third place in the Road Race after spending the day in the break and becoming an essential help to teammate Fabio Jakobsen in the final end of the course. “I am very happy of the way that I came back from the accident, I felt strong and I was third in the Road Race and fourth in the Time Trial at the Nationals. I was very happy with my performance after all. I hope to finish the season in a high note as well.”

De Vries feels happy and relaxed ahead of moving up to the Pro-Ranks with the Dutch Pro Continetal squad, Team Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, and highlights the importance of the Academy’s support throughout the season. “I think I made another step in in my development as an international rider. The Academy was a huge help, they helped me to stay calm during the bad luck this season and that gave me confidence to come back stronger! I’m really happy to make the step to the pro’s, with a Dutch team! The team directors are very experienced and there are a few big names in the team. I want to learn from them all! I’m really motivated to do a good winter training and come back strong next year.”