Today our riders started in UCI 1.1’s Grand Prix de Wallonie, which presented a broken parcour featuring 9 côtes, including the final one all the way to the Citadelle de Namur on cobbles. The succession of short step climbs at the end, previewed a fast and hard final rush to the line.
The day was off to a fast start and after some attempts to make it up the road, it was a group of 5 riders the one that eventually got away. Within that group, we could find the likes of Tour de l’Avenir stage winner, Alex Evans who resisted in the leading group until they went under the 40 km remaining mark when he had to let the leading trio go. The rest of our jerseys could be found in the bunch, and they all move up as the race hit the crucial part.
Always well-positioned, our Ide Schelling was in third wheel coming into the final climb of the day and with 1,5 km to go, he launched an attack trying to bridge to the sole leader, and eventual winner. The combative Dutchman got some meters over the bunch, but he was brought back as the main group got under the flamme rouge.
Despite showing themselves, there were no Academy riders in the Top 10 of the day. We will be back on racing mode on Friday as we will be starting in Kampioenschap Vlaanderen.