Affini spends the day in the break and Bol sprints to sixth

Affini spends the day in the break and Bol sprints to sixth

Today's 160 km long stage between the French towns of Châteaubriant - Louisfert marked the opening day of the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. After several attempts to jump off the bunch in the first kilometers of the day, it was a group of three riders the one that successfully moved away of the main group, with our Edo Affini in it. The group that featured our strong Italian rider got a maximum gap close to two minutes, with our 21-year old taking one bonus second in the first two intermediate sprints. The main…continue reading →
Preview Tour de Bretagne

Preview Tour de Bretagne

Less than 24 hours left before the Tour de Bretagne kicks off in Brient. The stage will feature a total of seven stages with hilly and tough parcours, that combined with a really strong field will make it a great week of racing around France. Tomorrow's stage will feature a total of 160 km, including five laps to the local final circuit that will crown the first stage winner and overall leader of the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. We have been off to a great start of the season, with wins in…continue reading →
Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux is one of the most important events in the U23 calendar, and what a way to kick it off. The 136 km long parcour that opened this year's edition presented a flat first half of the stage with a hilly finale awaiting the riders. The race was off to a fast start, with the bunch staying together until the first intermediate sprint was behind. Shortly after, the breakaway of the day was formed by two riders, including Ronde van Zuid-Holland's winner, Marten Kooistra in it. The leading duo opened…continue reading →
Preview Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux

Preview Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux

After the strong performance that the team put together in Tour de Normandie last week, we are ready to hit the road again with one of the most prestigious races of the U23 calendar, Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. The Belgian races offers a total of four stages compressed in three days of races through the eastern part of the country as well as our first time trial of the season. Short and sharp climbs will be on the menu for the first two stages, but the overall classification is expected to be shaken…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 →
Affini and Meeus race into the Top 20 at DDWV

Affini and Meeus race into the Top 20 at DDWV

Today's Dwars door West Vlaanderen marked our first race of the 2018 season. Wind and rain joined the riders since the first kilometers of the day, making the 190 km cobbled parcour between Nieuwpoort and Ichtegem even harder. After a fast start, it was a trio of riders the one who made it up the road with the peloton allowing them up to eight minutes before starting to increase the pace and quickly reducing the time gap. As expected the Kemmelberg was crucial in the outcome of the race, and broke down the peloton into a smaller…continue reading →
Edoardo Affini was invited to join Quick-Step Floors in their training camp in Calpe

Edoardo Affini was invited to join Quick-Step Floors in their training camp in Calpe

From the past 11th of December to the 21st our Italian talent, Edoardo Affini, was in Spain as he was invited to join WordTour's Quick-Step Floors in his first training towards the 2018 season. The 21-year, who was 8th in the last U23 TT World Championships in Bergen, took the most of this chance. "Having the opportunity to stay in the same hotel and ride my bike together with these great riders was just amazing. It feels bit strange as I am used to see them battling in the biggest races of the world,…continue reading →
Four representatives in the U23 World Championships

Four representatives in the U23 World Championships

Four of our riders will represent their national countries in tomorrow's road road in the U23 World Championships. The riders will go through a 19,1 kilometers long circuit located in Bergen a total of ten times. The main difficulty of the day will be the Salmon Hill, a climb that features a pending average of 6,4% throughout its 1,5 kilometers. Edoardo Affini, who put on a great performance on Wednesday in the TT where he finished in eighth place, will defend the colors of "La Tricolore" while Lucas Eriksson will be part of the Swedish…continue reading →
Affini powers to eighth in the Worlds Championships TT

Affini powers to eighth in the Worlds Championships TT

Edoardo Affini put on a great performance in today's individual time trial in the U23 World Championships celebrated in Bergen, Norway. The strong Italian rider hit the road in the second wave of riders and it quickly set the very fast times through the first time checks. In the end, Affini completed the 37 kilometers long circuit with 48:41 minutes averaging an speed of almost 46 km/h through the tough course and finished the day in eighth overall just 19 seconds off the bronze medal. Affini feels satisfied after his performance today:"I'm satisfied to…continue reading →