Hoole: “I’ll target the U23 Europeans and Worlds again”

Our Daan Hoole just completed his second year in the U23. The Dutch rider, who moved up from the Junior ranks to the Academy in 2018, looks back to a solid season as he makes yet another step in his development. "I look to a positive 2019, it was a really good year for me. My goal was to develop myself as a bike rider in all areas and that's what we did with the Performance Staff. Also, I was able to improve in what it's kind of my specialty, time trials" points…continue reading →
Hoole and Meeus rode into the Top 20 in Roubaix

Hoole and Meeus rode into the Top 20 in Roubaix

Paris Roubaix it is always one of the main targets of our calendar, and this year was not an exception. With more than 25 km of cobbled sections ahead, the race was off to fast start with several riders trying to make it up the road, until it was eventually a group of two riders the ones who formed the breakaway of the day, with one rider in between them and the bunch trying to chase the move down.Once the breakaway went off, our riders took the head of the peloton and controlled…continue reading →
Groves makes it two in Triptyque’s last stage

Groves makes it two in Triptyque’s last stage

After yesterday's double sector, the bunch faced one last stage before wrapping up the 2019 edition of the Triptyque des Monts et Chateâux. The stage started with several attackers trying to make it up the road, being first a group of five riders the ones who got themselves away from the main group.However, the bunch picked up the pace and got to the leading group with more than 100 km to go. Various echelons happened, but our colors were always well-represented upfront. Finally, it was a group of four riders the one that…continue reading →
Jordi Meeus finishes in the front at Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic

Jordi Meeus finishes in the front at Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic

Today's Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic presented a 191,5 km long parcour over predominantly flat roads and a strong field of riders. The race was off to a quiet start as the 4-man breakaway that stayed away for most of the day was quickly formed in the first kilometers of the race. Our riders reminded well-positioned in the main group saving energy for the closing part of the day. The breakaway was allowed three minutes before the bunch picked up the pace. Once the race was back on a lot of tactical moves took place, but our Daan…continue reading →
Cees Bol takes the 32nd Academy win in Ronde van de Achterhoek

Cees Bol takes the 32nd Academy win in Ronde van de Achterhoek

Today's Ronde van de Achterhoek presented a 190 km long parcour, which included several gravel sections from Groenlo to Gendringen. The race was off to a quiet start with three riders getting into the breakaway of the day while all Academy riders kept their position safe in the peloton. The main group kept always the gap within a reachable distance at all times, before picking up the pace. In the closing part of the race the bunch approached the leading trio and once they were brought back a group of nine riders moved away. Cees…continue reading →
Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

The Giro d'Italia U23 was a successful one for the Academy as we wrapped up the race with two stage wins, two days in pink, two riders within the Top 15 overall and above all a great team performance in the most challenging stage race of the calendar. The road to the race started early in the season as the Performance Team, led by Vasilis Anastopoulos, planned individualized training plans for the riders. "The planning for this year’s Giro began already during the winter period as we knew that this year’s edition would…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 →
Hard and freezing day in Houtse Linies

Hard and freezing day in Houtse Linies

After yesterday's Ronde van Groningen, Houtse Linies featured our second race of another action packed weekend for the team. The day started badly as Ide Schelling and Marten Kooistra did not start due to illness and the team lineup was down to only four riders. Because of the extreme weather conditions (maximum temperatures of 1ºC) the race was cut down one lap of the initial eleven. The tough conditions shaped the race early on and quickly the bunch split into many groups. Unluckily the race had to be neutralized because of  a crash that…continue reading →
Hoole is tenth in a survival day in Ronde van Groningen

Hoole is tenth in a survival day in Ronde van Groningen

The 173 km long Ronde van Groningen was the first race that our riders will tackle this weekend. Tough weather conditions were expected prior to the race, and the strong wind appeared really early in the day. Less than ten thousand meters into the race the first echelons took place, but only five kilometers later the main group broke into five. An 11-rider group stayed upfront and quickly opened a gap to the closest chasing group that featured a total of 10 riders including first year U23 Daan Hoole, Thymen Arensman and Edo Affini…continue reading →
Review of a great weekend of racing

Review of a great weekend of racing

We wrapped up the first action packed weekend of the season in style. After Cees Bol's win in Wanzeel Koerse last Wednesday our guys got into the weekend with high morale and big expectations, and they did not disappoint. Saturday's Ronde van Zuid-Holland saw our Marten Kooistra and Ide Schelling fill the two first spots of the race, with a large representation of Academy riders in the Top 10. The Academy flag was represented in three different races on Sunday, Greece's Nea Phyladelphia Criterium, Belgium's Omloop het van Waasland Kermesse and Netherland's Dorpenomloop Rucphen. George…continue reading →
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