Preview Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Preview Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The time has finally come, and the team is more than ready to tackle the short steep climbs that feature the parcour of one of the five cycling monuments, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The hard and hilly parcour together with the famous climbs that the peloton will face during the day, makes it one of the most special appointments in our racing calendar. The Academy will present a strong and ambitious six-man lineup that will be ready to work as one piece and aim for the victory in the closing part of the day. The race…continue reading →
Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie

Today’s stage final stage started with Julius van den Berg and Cees Bol in contention for the overall win. Both Dutch riders were sitting three and thirty eight seconds away from the race lead with only one day to go. The 152 km loop between La Haye and the local circuit through the street of Caen was the last obstacle that the bunch had to overcome before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the Tour de Normandie. The only option that the team had was to ride as offensively as possible, and shortly…continue reading →
Van den Berg stays third in GC after a dangerous and hectic day

Van den Berg stays third in GC after a dangerous and hectic day

Yesterday's stage win brought Julius van den Berg really close to the GC win. With two days reaming and and a strong team ready to help, today's stage was the first opportunity to try to jump into the race lead. The 158 km loop between Granville and La Haye featured a flat parcour, with a 20 km long final local circuit that the bunch had to tackle twice. The first part of the stage was a fast one, with a group of five riders forming the breakaway of the day before being later joined by…continue reading →
Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie

Today's stage was marked as the hardest and most difficult one of the 2018 Tour de Normandie. The 175 km long parcour was filled with two categorized climbs and a hilly final local circuit that the peloton had to tackle a total of four times. As the race got underway a group of three riders went up the road and they were allowed up to four minutes before the bunch picked up the pace. The gap was quickly reduced and as the bunch entered to the final local circuit a group of 11 riders,…continue reading →
Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

Van den Berg goes on the attack again as Bol keeps his GC spot

After showing themselves in the two opening stages of the 2018 Tour de Normandie, our riders were ready to keep the positive vibe going in today's stage three. The race was off to a really fast start as the bunch set an average of almost 48 km/h during the first hour of racing. There was some attackers who tried to distance the peloton, but the group stayed together until the first intermediate sprint, that was won by our Cees Bol taking three bonus seconds with him. The high pace kept by the bunch throughout the…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 the win in Wanzeel Koerse

Cees Bol takes the win in Wanzeel Koerse

Today's Wanzeel Koerse featured the first kermesse of the season. The race presented a flat 10,3 kilometers long lap that the riders had to tackle a total of 16 times. The race went off to a fast start and after several attacks it was a group of three riders the one that made it up the road, including our Julius van den Berg. The leading trio stood upfront for more than 50 kilometers before being brought back by the main group after eight laps. Once the race was back together, the aggressiveness of our…continue reading →
Van den Berg: “My goal for 2018? Easy, winning”

Van den Berg: “My goal for 2018? Easy, winning”

"My goal for this season is winning!". That is Julius van den Berg's aim for 2018, you can say it louder but you won't be make it any more clear. With former teammate and friend Fabio Jakobsen moving to Quick-Step, the current U23 Dutch National TT champion will kick off his fourth season with the Academy and will be left as the only rider that has been with the team ever since its inception. The ambitious 22-year old youngster, who was fourth in the Olympia's Tour GC, is developing himself into a very…continue reading →
Van den Berg sprints to 15th in the last race of the season

Van den Berg sprints to 15th in the last race of the season

Today's 184 km that featured Belgium's Putte Kapellem, were our last racing kilometers of the season. The course presented a tough and quick local circuit of a length of 16,7 km that the riders tackled a total of 11 times. The pace was high since the very first kilometers of the day as the peloton did not let any large group away. The interest of some teams keep the group together so they could tackle the two intermediates sprints featured in each lap did not allow any large group to go away until 80…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 →