Cees Bol finishes second overall in Circuit des Ardennes

Cees Bol finishes second overall in Circuit des Ardennes

Today's last day in France's Circuit des Ardennes featured a hard and hill double sector before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the race, with our Cees Bol starting the day third in the overall classification. The 80 km morning stage had a total of four categorized climbs, and a group of three rider formed the breakaway of the day. But the high pace that the bunch held during the whole length of the stage did not allow any moves to get a significant gap. The last categorized climb was placed 10 km…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes second in the day and moves to third in GC

Cees Bol takes second in the day and moves to third in GC

After yesterday's opening day, it was the turn of the second of Circuit des Ardennes that featured a total of eight categorized climbs. The team was down to four riders in today's start as the 19-year old Greek talent George Stavrakakis could not finish the first stage due to a crash. The stage started with several attempts to make it to the breakaway but it took around 20 km before the peloton allowed two riders to get a considerable time gap. Our riders did not get involved in the first attacks of the day…continue reading →
Bol opens Circuit des Ardennes spriting to fourth in the day

Bol opens Circuit des Ardennes spriting to fourth in the day

A 172 km long stage was set to open the 2018 edition of the Circuit des Ardennes, and it wasn't a bad one for us. Today's ride featured a total six categorized climbs compressed in only 50 km in the middle of the stage, followed by a relatively flat finish into the French town of Bazeilles. The stage was off to a fast start, with the bunch setting a high pace from early on. The eventual breakaway of the day was formed by two riders, who remained ahead until 40 km were left…continue reading →
Preview Circuit des Ardennes

Preview Circuit des Ardennes

Tomorrow five of our riders will be in the start line of France's Circuit des Ardennes. Short and steep climbs will be featured in the four stages that the race will tackle in just three days, as on Sunday the bunch will take part in a morning and an afternoon road race stages. Our lineup will be filled with strong riders, all of them capable to fight for the stage win day in day out, as well as a for a top placement in the final overall classification. We have been off to…continue reading →
Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Today’s stage final stage started with Julius van den Berg and Cees Bol in contention for the overall win. Both Dutch riders were sitting three and thirty eight seconds away from the race lead with only one day to go. The 152 km loop between La Haye and the local circuit through the street of Caen was the last obstacle that the bunch had to overcome before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the Tour de Normandie. The only option that the team had was to ride as offensively as possible, and shortly…continue reading →
Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Today's stage was marked as the hardest and most difficult one of the 2018 Tour de Normandie. The 175 km long parcour was filled with two categorized climbs and a hilly final local circuit that the peloton had to tackle a total of four times. As the race got underway a group of three riders went up the road and they were allowed up to four minutes before the bunch picked up the pace. The gap was quickly reduced and as the bunch entered to the final local circuit a group of 11 riders,…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes fourth in the final bunch sprint

Cees Bol takes fourth in the final bunch sprint

Today's stage, the fourth one in Tour de Normandie, featured a predominantly flat 155 km long parcour between the towns of Evrecy and Argentan. The multiple attempts to break clear from the bunch led to a fast first hour of racing, but none of the moves stuck. The windy conditions made act of presence shortly after and divided the peloton in small groups, with our guys initially making it to the second one before joining the head of the race.The race broke apart again in the second categorized climb of the day with…continue reading →
Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

After showing themselves in the two opening stages of the 2018 Tour de Normandie, our riders were ready to keep the positive vibe going in today's stage three. The race was off to a really fast start as the bunch set an average of almost 48 km/h during the first hour of racing. There was some attackers who tried to distance the peloton, but the group stayed together until the first intermediate sprint, that was won by our Cees Bol taking three bonus seconds with him. The high pace kept by the bunch throughout the…continue reading →
Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

After yesterday's strong team effort that ended with Cees Bol taking second in the stage, our riders were up for another fight today. The second stage of the French race presented a 160km long parcour that was set to be decided in the final local circuit. The race was off to a fast start taking into account the strong headwind that followed the bunch during the day, with the peloton staying together for almost 40 kms before the break moved away. Three riders formed the breakaway of the day, but the main group did…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes second in the opening day in Normandie

Cees Bol takes second in the opening day in Normandie

Tour de Normandie features our first stage race of the season, and we kicked it off with a strong performance. Today's 150 km stage opened up the 38th edition of the race with a fast and difficult stage, that would be decided in the final local circuit that the peloton tackled a total of five times. The hilly first part of the stage allowed the break to get a gap, and after some counter attacks in the main group it was finally a group of four riders the ones that formed the breakaway of…continue reading →