What about him?
Hartthijs joined the team in 2017, following two years at Rabobank Development Team. Among his achievements there was a third place overall at Olympia’s Tour and the Best Young Rider award in the Top Competitie, both in 2016.
How did he perform?
De Vries was off to a strong start, with a fifth place at Gent-Wevelgem U23, 13th in the general classification of the Triptyque des Mônts et Châteaux and 18th in Tour de Bretagne. Unfortunately, in early May he suffered an accident while training in Limburg. Following several MRI scans, the doctors found no severe injuries to his neck and he was able to go back home with a small fracture on his nose and several stitches.
What was next after the Academy?
Team Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij had been following Hartthijs for a while, and it was marked as the best option for him to keep on growing as a bike rider. The Dutch Pro Continental squad agreed terms with Hartthijs for two years. Enough time for the Kollum-born rider to show his potential.
Unfortunately, Hartthijs was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia three days into his contract. This forced him to quit cycling right before his debut in the pro ranks. Once again, bad luck struck one of the most promising Dutch talents in recent years. However, we knew how strong Hartthijs fights, and that’s why we were not surprised to see him back in the peloton with Vlasman CT and winning the U23 Dutch National TT title in 2019!