WHY? // We want to move the sport forward. Our goal is not only to educate the future stars of the sport but also to help develop cycling internationally.
WHAT? // We are truly unique, independent, instructional U23 cycling development program. The ultimate objective is to provide young talents with the tools to succeed in professional cycling 100% clean and to be adequately prepared to enter the top division in cycling.
HOW? // Embracing a strong collaboration with the cycling industry, pro cycling, federations and anti-doping authorities. Through quality coaching, training, character development and innovation, riders will improve their physiological, psychological, technical and tactical level.
We are proud of the trail we have been blazing since our inception. This is our story.
8 wins in 4 stage races
The fifth year of the Academy in the peloton kicks off in a hard-to-beat way as we achieve the milestone of taking at least two wins in the first four stage races we took part in. Alberto Dainese and Bárnabas Péak excelled in Normandie, while Kaden Groves took to wins in Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux as well as in Circuit des Ardennes. Our Italian sprinter went back at it again in Tour de Bretagne, taking home a total of 3 partial wins.
Our 2019 team
Top row: Kaden Groves, Ide Schelling, Adam Hartley, Tiago Antunes, Vasilis Anastopoulos (Performance Manager), Bart van Haaren (Academy Manager), Bárnabas Peák, Jesper Rasch, Marten Kooistra, Alberto Dainese.
Seated: Minne Verboom, Daan Hoole, Jordi Meeus, Thymen Arensman, Sven Burger, Alex Evans & George Stavrakakis
14 UCI Wins & 5 Graduates
After an outstanding performance by the whole team, we reached an all-time high 14 UCI victories, which ranked Academy as the Best Continental team in the UCI Europe ranking. Such dominance in the U23 scene catches the eye the WorldTour team, and we see a total of five Academy riders getting their shot at the Top Category. Julius van den Berg joins Team EF Education First before Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) and Stevie Williams (Bahrain-Merida), join their teams as a trainee before their contract kicks, Edoardo Affini signs a two-year deal with Mitchelton-Scott and Jan Maas enjoys a traineeship with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Michel Cornelisse also sees his DS work rewarded, and moves up to PCT with team Corendon-Circus.
Our 2018 team
Top row: Edoardo Affini, Julius van den Berg, Peter Lenderink, Michel Cornelisse (DS), Bart van Haaren (Academy Manager), Cees Bol, Marten Kooistra, Jordi Meeus & Stevie Williams.
Seated: Minne Verboom, George Stavrakakis, Ide Schelling, Vasilis Anastopoulos (Performance Manager), Jan Maas, Thymen Arensman & Daan Hoole
After the most successful season in the team’s history (16 wins, 28 podiums and 77 top ten finishes), Fabio Jakobsen signs with Quick-Step. A dream comes true for Fabio, who had been a SEG Racing Academy member since its inception back in 2015. Another talent who moves up to the pro ranks is Hartthijs de Vries, signing a two-year contract with Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij after a solid season. Unfortunately, Adriaan Janssen doesn’t get a contract with Team Lotto Jumbo NL after his traineeship due to UCI’s new regulations allowing fewer places in WorldTour teams.
First alumnus WorldTour win
Koen Bouwman sprints out of a six-man group to take stage 3 of Critérium du Dauphiné and claim his first ever pro win. An impressive performance by our 2015 alumnus, outsmarting and outpowering his opponents to be the first rider to cross the finish line!
Michiel Elijzen graduates to pro level
At the Academy we develop not just riders, but people in general. To see our Performance Manager Michiel Elijzen move up to the pro ranks is the perfect example of that. His successful work within SEG Racing Academy got noticed and it was thus logical that he would be offered the chance to work as a performance manager for a professional team.
Not just a team anymore
SEG Racing Academy keeps on growing and expanding in different directions. Besides running an already proven talent development program, we are now also offering our services to individuals, teams, groups or companies, from training guidance to complete experience packages. At the same time, we work extensively with our partners on developing their new and existing products.
Our 2017 team
Top row: Hartthijs de Vries, Ide Schelling, Peter Lenderink, Edoardo Affini, Bart van Haaren (Academy Manager), Michiel Elijzen (Performance Manager), Julius van den Berg, Cees Bol, Jan Maas || Bottom row: Gabriel Cullaigh, Marten Kooistra, Henrik Evensen, Fabio Jakobsen, Vasilis Anastopoulos (Performance Coach), Lucas Eriksson, Adriaan Janssen, Martijn de Jong, Stephen Williams.
More successful academy products
New riders are awarded traineeships at pro teams: Nick Schultz at ORICA-BikeExchange, Zhihui Jiang at Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Tim Ariesen at Team Roompot and Jenthe Biermans at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. At the end of the traineeship, Nick is signed by Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, Tim makes his move to Roompot permanent and Jenthe lands a spot at Team Katusha-Alpecin. They are not the only ones moving up, though. After a season as DS and trainer, Ken Vanmarcke also graduates from our academy and joins his brother Sep at Cannondale-Drapac.
Our 2016 team
Top row: Fabio Jakobsen, Jenthe Biermans, Yannick Detant, Zhihui Jiang, Bart van Haaren (Academy Manager), Michiel Elijzen (Performance Manager), Freddy Ovett, Julius van den Berg, Tim Ariesen || Bottom row: Marten Kooistra, Matthias Norsgaard, Jack Maddux, Ken Vanmarcke (Performance Coach), Vasilis Anastopoulos (Performance Coach), Neil Martin (Performance Coach), Magnus Bak Klaris, Martijn de Jong, Nick Schultz.
Alex, Steven and Koen prove themselves during their traineeships and land two-year contracts, making them the first alumni to graduate from SEG Racing Academy to the pro level.
Thanks to the good results achieved by the riders and the work of SEG Cycling’s agents, four riders of SEG Racing Academy sign as trainees at WorldTour teams from the 1st of August. Steven Lammertink and Koen Bouwman join Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Jasper Bovenhuis goes to Cannondale and Alex Peters gets a chance at Team Sky.
The first European champion
Another impressive milestone for a first-year team: Steven Lammertink beats every single rider in the race against the clock in Estonia, thus becoming European ITT U23 champion.
First GC win
Outstanding team performance in Tour de Berlin. Steven Lammertink wins the ITT and, with his teammates’ help, he defends the yellow jersey and takes the overall victory.
The riders are doing a great job and the first UCI win comes at stage 3 of Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. Steven Lammertink wins a four-rider sprint.
Our 2015 team
Top row: Davy Gunst, Magnus Bak Klaris, Alex Peters, Jasper Bovenhuis, Koen Bouwman, Michiel Elijzen (Performance Manager), Ricardo van Dongen, Fabio Jakobsen, Jenthe Biermans, Yoeri Havik || Bottom row: Jonas Bokeloh, Robert-Jon McCarthy, Vasilis Anastopoulos (Performance Coach), Neil Martin (Performance Coach), Julius van den Berg, Steven Lammertink
The development starts
After bringing on board high-quality partners like Shimano and KOGA, the structure gains real shape with riders and staff also joining. Everyone comes together in Eindhoven for the first time. The team consists of 16 riders from 8 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, China, Denmark, Malaysia, Australia and Great Britain).
As a company working in pro cycling, SEG is worried about the sport’s future. What could SEG do to make our sport clean and credible again? Is SEG doing enough to warn its clients about the existing dangers? It is time for change, it is time to move. SEG starts to create a concept called ‘The Movement’.
SEG Cycling is created. Headed by Eelco Berkhout and Martijn Berkhout, it has already the plan of building a structure where talents and pro riders can learn and develop.