Preview Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
Tomorrow our riders will lineup in Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, a 186 km long race in Belgium that will see the peloton tackle the same local circuit a total of 17 times. The predominantly flat course will be combined with one cobbled section that the riders will ride every lap. The Academy riders will see themselves surrounded by a really strong field, filled with many WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, in which will be a very valuable experience and a major step in their development. The Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen is the seventh round of the Napoleon Games Cup, which it is currently led by our Cees Bol and who will be seeking to stay on top of the overall classification at the end of the day. Bol, showed his capabilities in GP Marcel Kint where he sprinted to second behind Nacer Bouhani as well as in Heistse Pijl where he relied on teamwork before taking fifth in a hard finale. 

The Academy lineup will feature the inclusion of Italian talent, Alberto Dainese, who will defend the Academy colors all the way until the end of the season. This way, the 20-year old sprinter will speed up his adaptation process to the team and staff ahead of the coming season. Dainese will ride a high-quality program based on one-day races in Belgium and the Netherlands, before targetting Paris Tours U23 in early October. 

Lineup Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen: Cees Bol, Minne Verboom, Alberto Dainese, Jan Maas, Jesper Rasch and Tiago Antunes. 

Alberto Dainese shows his excitement ahead of his debut with the Academy: 
“It is a great opportunity for me and I am really excited to join the team in the upcoming races. The calendar will be challenging, with a lot of races in Belgium in which professional teams will also start in, but I hope to perform well and I think that my shape is good as I won last week in Italy. I feel like it is important to start racing already with the Academy and get to know my teammates and everyone involved in the races”.