Stevie Williams takes 15th in Famenne Ardenne Classic
Today our guys took part in the first ever edition of Wallonia’s Fammene Ardenne Classic. The 195 km long parcour started and finished Marche-en-Famenne and featured up to nine categorized climbs through its way. 

As the flag dropped off, combative attackers tried to broke clear of the bunch formed the breakaway of the day. Our guys kept the Academy’s flag always well represented in those moves, with Marten Kooistra making it into the eventual break of the day alongside five other riders. That group’s gap was close to four minutes before the main pack started to bring it back. The toughness and continuous punchy climbs slowly reduced the number of riders in the breakaway before getting caught with two laps to go in the final local circuit. 

After chasing down several attacks, a reduced bunch got to the foot of the last climb together. It was then when our British climber, Stevie Williams, decided to launch an attack bringing four more riders to his wheel. The peloton bridged across to Williams’ group shortly after the top of the climb, and the race was decided in a selected group sprint. In the fast finale, the 21-year old British rider hand on the main group and crossed in the in 15th place overall. 

Academy Manger and DS for the race, Bart van Haaren, highlights the combativeness of our riders today:

“It was one of the hardest 1.1 races because its parcour and also for the strong field there was. Racing in a peloton with professional riders and on a demanding course it is an important step on their development. Today we did not only showed ourselves in by being in the breakaway, but also we played for the win as Stevie gave it a go in the last climb of the day. I saw eight riders that showed a great fighting spirit and committed to the plan since the very beginning and focused on taking the most of the day. All in all we can be proud of our performance today.”