Rasch takes 5th in Houtse Linies and Schelling 11th in RvD
It was an action-packed Sunday for the Academy as we featured the start line of Ronde van Drenthe and Houtse Linies, with the goal of keep on showing ourselves and trying to make the most of it. Both races were presented under rainy and windy conditions, which did not stop our youngsters of getting stuck in. 

The unfavorable weather conditions and the cobbled sections were two of the main obstacles to overcome in Houtse Linies, however, the Academy flag was always well-represented in the front of the race thanks to the efforts of Minne Verboom. The young Dutchman was later joined by fellow countryman Jesper Rasch and George Starvakakis, but the Greek rider was forced to drop to the second group due to a mechanical problem. The leading group stuck together for the last 40 km and the victory was decided in a reduced bunch sprint where Rasch crossed the line in fifth position of the day. 

In Ronde van Drenthe, the strong field and the succession of climbs up the VAMberg did not stop our talents to be an active part of the race. Third-year U23, Ide Schelling, animated the day by being part of the move that eventually would win the race, and at the end finished just outside the Top 10. In the group behind, Jordi Meeus and Bárnabas Peák were also in the fight with the last one finishing in 16th place while the Belgian riders made it three Academy guys in the Top 25 of 1.HC’s Ronde van Drenthe. 

We will back in racing action on Friday with KNWU U23 Series’ Younger Coast Challenge, which will be our last one-day classic before hitting the road to France for our first stage race of the year, Tour de Normandie.