Julius van den Berg: “I am really happy with how the season is going so far”
Julius van den Berg has been off to an impressive season start. The 21-year old Dutchman holds already four wins under his belt in 2018 and has scored in races like Tour de Normandie and Tour de Bretagne as well as in his home one, Ronde van Noord-Holland. The current U23 Dutch National stayed in Loutraki in between training camps in order to ultimate his winter preparations ahead of the season, and the hard work is clearly paying off. “I am very happy with how my season is going and how I am feeling on the bike. At the beginning of the season, I expected to fight for victories and we set goals in races like Tour de Normandie, Tour de Bretagne, and Paris Roubaix. I am very happy to see that all the hard work and the dedication towards those goals worked out and I was really competitive on the road” points out Van den Berg. 

Van den Berg, who has been part of the team since its inception back in 2015, has stepped up his game year after year. “Last year it was a good one for me, but I went into winter with the goal of becoming a better rider and then all this happened. Winning is always a great feeling and when you can do it in your home race (Ronde van Noord-Holland) in front of all your friends and family, or in the most special race of the calendar (Paris Roubaix) it is something that you even enjoy more. The one in Tour de Normandie was my first win of the year and it was a crazy feeling, but seeing myself riding Tour de Bretagne for 4 years now and being finally capable to take a stage win it was something amazing”. 

After a really solid first part of the season, the strong Dutchman will be facing the second one with the goal of keeping up his condition and results. “I want to ride well the coming one-day races as I think that I am capable of doing it so. Also, the Dutch Nationals are a big goal for me so I want to get to the end of June in good shape and defend my TT title. I have the ambition of moving up to the Pro Ranks next year and ride iconic races like Paris Roubaix, but I am relaxed because I know that if I stay focus and keep on riding at this level everything else will come together.  The fact that the whole Academy is riding so well, strong and as a team, it helps a lot when you tackle a goal. We have achieved a really high level of chemistry and it is great to be surrounded by such a nice team!”.