Preview Ronde de l’Isard

Preview Ronde de l’Isard

Tomorrow the Academy will kick off in Lorp-Sentaraille its participation in the 2018 edition of the famous Ronde de l'Isard. Four days of hard racing and steep long climbs await the riders, but all the work and dedication will pay off for the 6 talented riders that will lineup in the race.  Jan Maas (ninth) and Stevie Williams (11th) rounded up a really strong performance last year, and both riders are looking forward to improving what they achieved in 2017. The first two stages will see the peloton finishing up in mountaintop finishes, while the third…continue reading →
Williams is ready to take on Flèche Ardennaise

Williams is ready to take on Flèche Ardennaise

After a hard week of racing in Tour de Bretagne, our team is set and ready to fight for yet another win in Flèche Ardennaise. Last year the team was down to a great performance with Stevie Willimas finishing as the first runner-up and teammate Jan Maas rolling in ninth. However, our Welsh climber is positive and ready to fight on Belgian soil. "I feel good coming into Sunday's race, I am very positive after a good week in Tour de Bretagne and I am confident that form will come in nicely after…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 →
Ide Schelling takes fourth in a superb team effort in LBL

Ide Schelling takes fourth in a superb team effort in LBL

One of the most important one-day races of our calendar was up today. With a total of 173,4 km and 9 côtes awaiting the riders the U23 version of cycling's monument, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, was set to offer some exciting racing action. The sun was shining already at the start in Bastogne and joined the riders for a hard day on the bike. The race started with a really high pace with the bunch completing 46 km in the first hour of racing as many attempts to make it to the break took place. Our…continue reading →
Williams is ready to take on the Ardennes

Williams is ready to take on the Ardennes

Short steep hills will be on the menu for our riders in the coming two weekends as the team will be competing in Circuit des Ardennes and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Stevie Williams could not show himself last year in these kind of races as he suffered a chest infection after the opening stage in France. However, this year everything is going on the right track and his preparation has been focus into shining in these events. "After spending two months in Loutraki he put on solid base foundation for the season. He competed in some…continue reading →
Stephen Willams announcement on the Commonwealth Games

Stephen Willams announcement on the Commonwealth Games

Stephen Williams has been selected to represent Wales in the upcoming Commonwealth Games that will be celebrated in Queensland, Australia, between the 4th and 15th of April.  Unfortunately, his participation in Australia overlaps with one of his biggest goals of the season, Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 in the 14th of April. The long travel and the difficult logistics make it impossible for the 21-year old to take part in both events in his best condition. Being in that situation, Williams has taken the decision to stay in Europe and target his goals with the team. From the…continue reading →
Williams shares his goals and ambitions for 2018

Williams shares his goals and ambitions for 2018

Lightweight climber and Welsh-born, Stevie Williams, is fresh off the first team training camp in Loutraki. "The first camp was great, starting the year with a solid block of training in Greece was what I needed, good weather and a good atmosphere with the rest of the lads, getting all the team together sets the tone for the season too, everyone mixing and having a laugh is crucial this time of year." However and alongside five other teammates (Lenderink, Bol, Maas, Affini and van den Berg) Williams has decided to stay in Loutraki for…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 wrap up the Top Competitie with Maas taking fifth in Eurode Omloop

We wrap up the Top Competitie with Maas taking fifth in Eurode Omloop

Eurode Omloop feature the last round of the 2017 Top Competitie's race. With start and finish in Markt the riders had go around an almost 13 kilometers long circuit a total of 12 times to finish off the 180 km long course. The race was off to a fast start and it took almost an hour before the eventual break of the day was set. A large group of 16 riders broke clear from the main pack and went up the road, with Hartthijs de Vries and Peter Lenderink showing our colors in that…continue reading →
Hard day out in GP Stad Zottegem

Hard day out in GP Stad Zottegem

It was a hard day on the bike for our 5-man squad in Belgium's GP Stad Zottegem. The race was off to a fast start with many attackers trying to go on the break of the day, and our riders kept the Academy's flag well represented. First it was Ide Schelling who followed some early moves trying to make the good cut, and afterwards it was Jordi Meeus' turn. Bad luck was on the side of our trainee as was chasing the eventual breakaway of the day when he crashed without consequences, after…continue reading →