Kooistra & the Academy dominate Regiobank Kersenronde

Kooistra & the Academy dominate Regiobank Kersenronde

Yesterday's Regionbank Kersenronde featured the fourth round of the U23 Road Series. We arrived to the race with already one win in our bag, as Jordi Meeus won in GP Tombroek. Our riders went off with an offensive mindset and Daan Hoole was in the initial breakaway of the day that counted with three riders in first instance before two more riders arrived later on. The rest of the Academy jerseys could be found in the peloton, saving energy for the final, and it turned out to be the smartest thing to do. After…continue reading →
Kooistra: “I am happy with how the season is going and the way I improved”

Kooistra: “I am happy with how the season is going and the way I improved”

Recent Paris Tours U23 winner, Marten Kooistra, has excelled not only on one-day races this season, but also in week-long event like the Olympia's Tour where he finished second overall and took a stage, and the track taking third in the Scracth race at the Europeans Championships proving his consistency and versatility. "I am really happy with how the season has turned out, beginning with a win already in Ronde van Zuid-Holland was really good for the morale. After that, I had a good run at one-day races like Eschborn-Frankfurt (third), the U23 Dutch…continue reading →
Kooistra finishes off a 30 km long solo attack with a win in Paris Tours

Kooistra finishes off a 30 km long solo attack with a win in Paris Tours

Today's Paris Tours U23 featured our last U23 one-day classic of the calendar, and our riders certainly made it one to remember. The parcours presented a 182 km long challenge with start in Bonnevel and finish in Tours. The race started with many attempts to make it to the break and it was eventually a group of 7 riders who went up the road, with all Academy riders sitting safe in the bunch. The 7-man leading group stayed in front for almost 100 km, but at that point the peloton broke into two big…continue reading →
Kooistra takes second in the second day of the Olympia’s Tour

Kooistra takes second in the second day of the Olympia’s Tour

Yesterday's opening stage, which was marked by the strong wind, saw three Academy riders power into the Top 10 of the day and overall of the 2018 Olympia's Tour, with Ide Schelling sitting in second in both classifications. Today it was the turn for the second stage with start and finish in Emmen that featured again a flat parcour devoted to a final bunch sprint. Two riders jumped off the bunch in the first part of the stage, and even though that they were allowed over four minutes the bunch kept the distance under control…continue reading →
Kooistra takes 4th and Bol 7th in Koga Slag om Norg

Kooistra takes 4th and Bol 7th in Koga Slag om Norg

Today it was the turn of one of the most special races of the season, Koga Slag om Norg. It's gravel sections always presents a challenging parcour not only for the peloton, but also for the mechanics. The 191 km long race started in a fast way, as our Edoardo Affini made the initial move and went away alongside another rider. That first move was quickly followed by several others, and at the end, the break was formed by 7 riders, including our Marten Kooistra in addition of our Italian rider. They got…continue reading →
Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

Bol powers to fourth overall in Bretagne and Kooistra takes third in Frankfurt

It was an action-packed day for the team as aside from the last stage in the week-long Tour de Bretagne, seven of our talents were in the start line of Eschborn-Frankfurt U23. In Bretagne, a 145 km long stage with a tough and hard parcour was awaiting the riders before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the race, and it did not disappoint. The stage was off to a really fast start, with the bunch completing almost 47 km in the first hour of racing. A lot of attacks took place from early on,…continue reading →
Kooistra stays fourth overall after a hectic stage

Kooistra stays fourth overall after a hectic stage

After yesterday's breakaway effort that brought Marten Kooistra to third in the overall classification, our riders were ready for yet another battle on Belgian roads in today's second stage. The parcours featured in the stage were predominantly flat with a final local circuit that was set to decide the eventual stage winner. Shortly after the starting flag dropped, a 4-man group jumped off the main group and stayed upfront for the majority of the day. Our riders were able to sit in the head of the peloton, always well-placed saving energy for the final…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 →
The analysis of a win

The analysis of a win

Last Saturday Marten Kooistra powered to the win in Netherland's Ronde van Zuid-Holland. The Dutchman showed his form in his first race of the season, sustaining a strong power throughout the 170 km of the race. After a hard day on the bike, Marten broke away of the main group with 6 kilometers to go together with two other riders, including teammate Ide Schelling. The race was decided with a sprint between the leading trio with our 20-year old Dutchman emerging as the eventual winner. Performance Manager, Vasilis Anastopoulos, analyzes Marten's winning performance: "Marten produced almost…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 →