Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

After yesterday's Ronde van Overijssel, where Cees Bol took fifth, it was the turn for Profronde van Noord-Holland as our second and last race of this action-packed weekend. The race presented a 194 km long parcour, but the unexistent wind made it for a quiet start and it took more than 100 km for a breakaway to go clear. Six riders got close to a minute before the race broke into pieces with six Academy riders making it to the front group. The good positioning allowed our riders to make it to the front…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes Flèche Ardennaise

Cees Bol takes Flèche Ardennaise

A total of nine côtes throughout 180 km was what awaited the riders in the 2018 edition of Flèche Ardennaise. The race, with start and finish in Herve, feature plenty of short steep climbs in the course before heading into the final local circuit, that was set to decide the race. As soon as the starting flag was down, the first attacks took place and it was Julius van den Berg and Thymen Arensman the ones who kept the Academy colors well-represented up front. The eventual breakaway of the day was formed by…continue reading →
Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

It was an action-packed day for the team as aside from the last stage in the week-long Tour de Bretagne, seven of our talents were in the start line of Eschborn-Frankfurt U23. In Bretagne, a 145 km long stage with a tough and hard parcour was awaiting the riders before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the race, and it did not disappoint. The stage was off to a really fast start, with the bunch completing almost 47 km in the first hour of racing. A lot of attacks took place from early on,…continue reading →
Van den Berg takes our second in a row in Tour de Bretagne

Van den Berg takes our second in a row in Tour de Bretagne

Today's stage presented a short but intense 150 km long battle starting with a hilly part before being followed by a tough and hard final circuit, that the race had to tackle a total of three times. After yesterday's strong team performance wrapped up with Cees Bol's stage win, the team was hungry for more and that was exemplified when a few moments into the stage Julius van den Berg jumped into the breakaway of the day alongside nine other riders. Van den Berg, who started the day in 15th overall and 52 seconds…continue reading →
Cees Bol wins Tour de Bretagne’s stage 5

Cees Bol wins Tour de Bretagne’s stage 5

Today's stage between Colpo and Plancoët featured a 155 km long stage finishing with five local laps with a hilly profile. The stage followed the same script as the four previous ones and was off to a fast and aggressive start, and after only 20 km a 22-man group went up the road. Our riders kept they strong riding style that they have been carrying since the very first day and Cees Bol and Daan Hoole made it to the front group. Once that move was brought back the eventual breakaway of the day went…continue reading →
Bol and Williams sprint into the Top 10 after an amazing team performance

Bol and Williams sprint into the Top 10 after an amazing team performance

Yesterday's stage saw the bunch complete the longest day in the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne, as well as our Edoardo Affini climbing all the way to third in the overall classification after a really strong performance that earned him a third place in the stage. Today the riders had in the menu 163 km between Clohars-Carnoët and Grand-Champ, with a hilly and tough final local circuit awaiting to decide the stage glory. The stage started with a lot of attacks, which brought large groups to be eventually distanced from the main group and…continue reading →
Affini takes third in the day and moves up in GC

Affini takes third in the day and moves up in GC

Today's stage between Baden and Clohars-Carnoët featured the longest day on the bike for the peloton racing the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. The race was off to hard start with the wind making act of presence very early on. It took a while for the break to eventually go away, but it was finally a group fo 4 riders the one who distanced the bunch and went up the road. Behind, everything stayed under control with the peloton not letting the break more than 2 minutes, and brought them back with 90…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

Cees Bol takes sixth in the second stage in Bretagne

After yesterday's opening stage today the bunch had to face a total of 180 km starting in Louisfert and finishing with five local laps in Plougoumelen. Once again the race was off to a fast start with several attempts to make it to the breakaway of the day. Edoardo Affini, who was already up the road yesterday, represented the Academy colors in those early moves. Eventually, two riders moved away from the bunch, and they were allowed a gap of more than five minutes.  Our riders kept always a front position in the peloton, always…continue reading →
Cees Bol sprints to second in Arno Wallaard Memorial

Cees Bol sprints to second in Arno Wallaard Memorial

Arno Wallaard Memorial featured our only races this weekend, ahead of next week's Tour de Bretagne. The 184 km long course, was divided into two big loops before the peloton entered the final local circuit that was tackled a total of five times. The race was off to a fast start with a lot of attempts to distance the main group and form the breakaway of the day, but none of those moved stuck. It wasn't until 70 km were left in the day that our 18-year Thymen Arensman jumped off the bunch…continue reading →
Bol: “We will have the strongest lineup in Tour de Bretagne”

Bol: “We will have the strongest lineup in Tour de Bretagne”

Winner of the Wanzeel Koerse, second in a stage in Tour de Normandie and runner up in the overall classification of the Circuit des Ardennes. Cees Bol's presentation card for the 2018 season has already some impressive results after only two months of racing. "So far I am happy with how the season is going, I've been able to win already and I've been close several other times. I am in good shape and always contesting for the victory, but being up there and not winning brings me some dissatisfaction, so I am…continue reading →