Julius van den Berg: “I will give my 200% at the U23 Worlds”

Julius van den Berg: “I will give my 200% at the U23 Worlds”

Current Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale rider and Academy Alumni, Julius van den Berg, has been selected by the Dutch National Team to compete in the time trial and the road race of the upcoming U23 World Championships in Innsbruck. "It is always a pleasure and an honor to be selected to ride for your country, so needless to say that I am really happy about it. It is my last shot at a U23 race, so I will give my 200% in order to make it a one to remember. Personally,…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg

Julius van den Berg

Who? Julius van den Berg, born in 1996, was part of the first ever Academy roster back in 2015 and after four years in our development program he showed that he was more than ready to move up to professional level.  What about him?    Van den Berg was the first rider that the management of the Academy talked to when they were building the team ahead of the 2015 season. He came straight from the Junior ranks and already then we knew that we were dealing with a potential WorldTour talent.    How did…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg will join Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale in a mid-season transfer

Julius van den Berg will join Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale in a mid-season transfer

Julius van den Berg will be joining Team EF Education First p/b Cannondale as of July the 1st in a mid-season transfer that will see our Dutch all-rounder move up to the pro ranks after a dominating season in the U23 category. "It feels surreal. It is like it is not happening and also that it is happening very fast. But I am over the moon and it is crazy that this dream is coming true after an amazing three and a half seasons with the Academy" highlights van den Berg. The now 21-year…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg: “I have the fastest TT bike”

Julius van den Berg: “I have the fastest TT bike”

One year after seizing the U23 Dutch time trial title, Julius van den Berg is ready to fight again for the red, white and blue stripes. The Dutch all-rounder looks back to being able to wear the national champion jersey for a year. "It meant a lot to win the title last year, it is great to win a race and then have that nice jersey waiting for you. Being able to wear it for a year it is such an amazing feeling" shares Van den Berg, who will ride a customized Koga…continue reading →
Double action day in Italy and Belgium

Double action day in Italy and Belgium

Today was yet another double action day for the Academy as we were in the eighth stage of the U23 Giro d'Italia as well as in Belgium's Dwars door Het Hageland, the fifth round of the Napoleon Games Cup. After yesterday's stage win, Stevie Williams started the day in third overall while thanks to his efforts in the previous races, Cees Bol was in the overall lead of the Napoleon Games Cup. In Italy the race was off to a hectic start, with different groups going on the attack from the flag drop. The…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 →
Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland

After yesterday's Ronde van Overijssel, where Cees Bol took fifth, it was the turn for Profronde van Noord-Holland as our second and last race of this action-packed weekend. The race presented a 194 km long parcour, but the unexistent wind made it for a quiet start and it took more than 100 km for a breakaway to go clear. Six riders got close to a minute before the race broke into pieces with six Academy riders making it to the front group. The good positioning allowed our riders to make it to the front…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 →
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 →