Ide Schelling sprints to second in Olympia’s Tour opener
The 2018 edition of the Olympia’s Tour kicked off today in Assen, with a 127 km long stage that started and finished in the same city and featured mainly a flat parcour. The race was off to a really fast start and the strong wind made act of presence shortly before the flag was dropped. Already in the first kilometers of the day, the bunch split into two big pieces.

The large number of riders that featured the first group and the good cooperation kept the gap stable at all times. In the final end of the course, a group of 8 riders jumped off the leading peloton, Marten Kooistra, Daan Hoole and Ide Schelling perfectly timed their efforts and represented the Academy colors in that move, while Edo Affini and Jordi Meeus stayed in the chasing group. The 8-man group worked together until the last five kilometers of the day, where a succession of attacks between the breakaway members took place. 

The eventual winning move featured Ide Schelling alongside another rider. The lack of understanding among the chasers allowed them a gap that accounted for 16 seconds in the finish line. The stage glory and the first leader’s jersey was decided in a two-man sprint with Schelling coming in second. Hoole and Kooistra rolled in sixth and seventh, while the rest of the bunch came home two seconds afterward.

Today the race will see the peloton complete a 160 km long parcour with start and finish in Emmen.