Edoardo Affini will join Mitchelton – Scott

Edoardo Affini will join Mitchelton – Scott

Edoardo Affini will become the fourth Academy graduate of 2018 as he will move up to the WorldTour with Team Mitchelton-Scott. This way the 22-year old Italian will complete his dream of moving up to the pro ranks after joining the Academy ahead of the 2017 season. "It is truly a dream come true to move to WorldTour and doing so with such a team like Mitchelton-Scott makes it even more special", points out Affini. Affini, who in 2018 has seized a total of five victories including both U23 Italian national titles as well as the…continue reading →
Edo Affini: “We have done everything properly ahead of the Worlds”

Edo Affini: “We have done everything properly ahead of the Worlds”

Our Edoardo Affini it is no stranger in fighting for the win when it comes down to a time trial, in fact, he has done it four times this season and crowned himself as the U23 European TT Champion. After a really successful first part of the season, the Italian TT specialist will be fighting for the win in next week's U23 World Championships time trial in Austria. "I am feeling great and my preparation has gone as planned. Despite carrying two crashes in l'Avenir and Olympia's Tour, I feel confident about what we…continue reading →
Edoardo Affini is ready to shine in the U23 European Championships

Edoardo Affini is ready to shine in the U23 European Championships

Tomorrow our Edoardo Affini will compete in the Italian national team colors in the U23 European time trial, a race in which he powered to fourth last year. The strong Italian will arrive in the Czech Republic after claiming the double in the Italian nationals as he took home both, the road race and the time trial, titles as well as the gold medal in the Mediterranean Games. "I am really proud of this results and it will be a big honor to wear the Tricolore jersey in both disciplines, it will something…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 →
Van den Berg wins in MBPO; Affini spends the day in the break in the Giro

Van den Berg wins in MBPO; Affini spends the day in the break in the Giro

It was an action-packed day for the Academy as today we were in the start line of Holland Cup's Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop as well as in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia U23. In the Netherlands, the race started with a six-man group going up the road but our six Academy riders quickly moved to the front of the bunch and controlled the situation. That initial move was brought back with more than 70 km to the finish, and shortly after it was our Julius van den Berg the one who attacked…continue reading →
Edo Affini wins the prologue and is the first leader of the Giro U23

Edo Affini wins the prologue and is the first leader of the Giro U23

The Giro d'Italia U23 kicked off today with a fast and short prologue around the streets of Forli, that will host tomorrow's start as well. The 4,4 km was the first contact with the 10-day long race, which will see the bunch facing a really tough parcour. Today's course was made for strong and powerful riders, and that is the terrain that our Edoardo Affini excels. The 21-year old Italian, who was fourth in the U23 European Championships TT and eighth in the U23 World Championships TT last season, completed the prologue in…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 →