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 →
Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

Meeus wins in Tombroek; Groves in GC contention in Circuit

It was an action-packed day as the Academy had representation in three different races today. Alberto Dainese, Daan Hoole and Marten Kooistra were up for Ronde van Vlaanderen u23 today. And also in Belgian soil, our team was represented in U23 Road Series' Tombroek Koerse. It was a hectic day out, in which the Academy was well-represented in most of the last moves through Bárnabas Peák, before Jordi Meeus got himself in a group of 7 riders coming into the final part of the day. The group cooperated together and in the final…continue reading →
Jordi Meeus sprints to second in Wanzele Koerse

Jordi Meeus sprints to second in Wanzele Koerse

The first pro-Kermesse of the season was up for grabs today in Belgian soil, as our riders started in Wanzele Koerse. A race that brings back sweet memories from the last edition, as our Alumni Cees Bol (currently wearing Team Sunweb's get up in the WordTour) won in a fashionable way after finishing a 13-km long solo attack. As usual, the race was marked by countless attacks and small groups going up the road throughout the 16 laps to the local circuit. Our colors were well-represented at all times, especially as Jordi Meeus and…continue reading →
Jordi Meeus: “I look back really good on the first weekend of racing”

Jordi Meeus: “I look back really good on the first weekend of racing”

After several months, two training camps in Loutraki, and thousands of miles on the bike it was about time to be back in the Belgian and Dutch one-day races. Jordi Meeus featured the line-up in both races finishing second in Ronde van Groningen. "Personally, I look back really good on the first weekend of racing, the legs felt really good and form is on point. I could win the sprint for the second place which gave me confidence for the next races! As a team, we made some mistakes, but we have a…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 →
Preview Halle-Ingooigem

Preview Halle-Ingooigem

After some tough racing action during the 10-day long Giro d'Italia U23, the team will be back in the racing scheme tomorrow in Belgium's Halle-Ingooigem. The race presents a predominantly flat parcour of almost 200 km in length that it is likely to be decided in a final massive sprint. The peloton will target one long lap of more than 100 km followed by another of 25 km before hitting the final and decisive local circuit. The main group will tackle a total of fourth times a tricky 17 km long circuit before crossing the…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 →
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 →
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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