Kooistra and Schelling sit on the overall podium with one stage to go
Today’s double-action day at the Olympia’s Tour presented a tough challenge to the whole peloton. The morning sector featured a fast 100 km long ride, and quickly after the flag dropped, a 17-man break went clear with Thymen Arensman and Marten Kooistra representing the Academy colors. The 20-year Dutchman started the day in fourth overall, just 24 seconds shy from the race lead. The good understanding among the members as well as the strong work of Arensman kept the break distanced all the way to the finish. Kooistra did not let the opportunity slide and showed his fast finish and took the win as well as the overall lead. On another note, our Daan Hoole was forced to abandon shortly after the stage started due to the crash he suffered yesterday which injured his knee. 

The afternoon sector featured a 9 km long time trial that was set to make important differences among the GC contenders. Our Edoardo Affini, who wore for the first time the U23 European TT Champion skinsuit, powered to second overall and fell just three seconds short on the best time despite having crashed two days ago. The strong effort saw the Italian rider move up to seventh on GC. Ide Schelling set the sixth fastest time of the day and moved up to third overall, just behind his teammate Marten Kooistra who sits in second with just one day to go, thirteen seconds behind the race leader. 

Tomorrow the race will be decided in a hard stage that will include some short steep climbs in Limburg.