Marten Kooistra shares his goals and ambitions for 2018

Marten Kooistra shares his goals and ambitions for 2018

Marten Kooistra is getting the miles in ahead of his third season with the Academy. The young Dutchman joined the team in 2016 and last season showed himself as a bike rider as he placed 8th overall in the Olympia's Tour overall classification. Currently in Spain, where he can keep up with his 2018 preparations under a shining sun, Kooistra feels ready and prepared for the coming challenge. "I am feeling really good. I just had a good period of rest and recently I started fresh again. The intensity of the training sessions…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 →
Stevie Williams takes 15th in Famenne Ardenne Classic

Stevie Williams takes 15th in Famenne Ardenne Classic

Today our guys took part in the first ever edition of Wallonia's Fammene Ardenne Classic. The 195 km long parcour started and finished Marche-en-Famenne and featured up to nine categorized climbs through its way. As the flag dropped off, combative attackers tried to broke clear of the bunch formed the breakaway of the day. Our guys kept the Academy's flag always well represented in those moves, with Marten Kooistra making it into the eventual break of the day alongside five other riders. That group's gap was close to four minutes before the main pack started…continue reading →
We finish as the best team and three riders in the Top at Olympia’s Tour

We finish as the best team and three riders in the Top at Olympia’s Tour

Today's stage 6 at Olympia's Tour joined the Dutch towns of Margraten and Noorbeek with a 173,3 km long loop. Today's course was categorized as the hardest day of the race as its route featured climbs such as Bermeleberg and the Gulperberg. Ahead of today's big day our guys kept their fighting spirit, and it was the two times stage winner in this edition of the race, Fabio Jakobsen, the one that showed the Academy's colors in the break of the day alongside 6 other riders. They got a gap up to 3 minutes…continue reading →
Jakobsen sprints to third in Olympia’s Tour stage 5

Jakobsen sprints to third in Olympia’s Tour stage 5

After scoring back-to-back wins in the last two stages, it was time to get back to work ahead of Olympia's Tour stage 5. Today's course featured 129 km with start and finish in the Dutch city of Offenbeek. In the very beginning it was our Julius van den Berg, who attempted to brake clear of the peloton, but he was never allowed a gap and was quickly brought back by the pack. Eventually, it was a 4-man group the one that made the cut and formed the break of the day. The maximum gap…continue reading →
Back-to-Back wins for Fabio Jakobsen at Olympia’s Tour

Back-to-Back wins for Fabio Jakobsen at Olympia’s Tour

After yesterday's win, today it was turn to keep fighting at Olympia's Tour stage 4. The bunch had on the menu a fast and flat stage with start and finish in Hardenberg. Before the stage was even started it became clear that day's parcour would be ridden under windy and rainy condition. Right after the stage was on, our guys took the head of the bunch before letting a four-man breakaway break clear. They were always controlled by the peloton as their gap was never higher than three minutes. The gap started to…continue reading →
Jakobsen grabs his eighth win of the season at Olympia’s Tour

Jakobsen grabs his eighth win of the season at Olympia’s Tour

After two third places in a row our guys hit the road today ready to keep fighting for the victory in Olympia's Tour stage 3. The first display of commitment came from our first year U23, Ide Schelling, he made it to the break of the day alongside another rider. In the predominantly flat course of today's stage, that move from our youngster allowed his teammates to sit on the bunch and save energy for the final end of the day. The breakaway did not get a large gap, as it was always…continue reading →
Kooistra is third in the stage as Affini stays third on GC

Kooistra is third in the stage as Affini stays third on GC

Today's stage at Olympia's Tour presented a flat 124 km long parcour with start and finish in Assen. Only 3 km into the race our riders took control of the bunch and keep an eye to all the moves since the very beginning. It wasn't until the peloton had covered around 70 km that the eventual winning move was made, with 13 riders going up the road including Julius van den Berg, Marten Kooistra and Edo Affini. The main GC contenders made the cut and the break started to make a significant gap,…continue reading →
Affini is third in Olympia’s Tour prologue

Affini is third in Olympia’s Tour prologue

The 2017 edition of the Olympia's Tour started today with a fast 4,3 km prologue around the streets of Eelde. The course was totally flat and presented a couple of sharp corners where the riders had be careful, more when in the second half of the stage a light raining made act of presence. Our day started with Ide Schelling scoring the best provisional time and minutes later it was Marten Kooistra the one who was a two seconds faster than our first year U23. Both riders put on a great effort and finished…continue reading →
“I’m confident that we’ll do a good race.” says Vasilis Anastopoulos ahead of Olympia’s Tour

“I’m confident that we’ll do a good race.” says Vasilis Anastopoulos ahead of Olympia’s Tour

Tomorrow we will kick off the last U23 stage race of the season, the Olympia's Tour. The six-day long competition will start in Eelde with a 4,5 km long prologue and will be followed up with predominantly flat stages around The Netherlands, before hitting the punchy hills of Limburg in the final day. Olympia's Tour it is a big goal, and that's why we present a talented 6-man line-up that will allow us a wide open variety of chances for stage wins as well as for the final GC.  Performance Manager and DS…continue reading →