Double action day for the team

Double action day for the team

Yesterday we wrapped up the Ronde de l'Isard with a tough a fast stage where our Jan Maas was 15th in the stage and secured his Top 10 place on GC by moving up to ninth overall. Our British climber Stephen Williams rounded up a good days of racing for the team in France, finishing in 11th place. In Omloop der Kempen, our team could not defend the leaders jersey as Adriaan Janssen rolled in 16th place after the team tried to bring the eventually winning group of five riders back. Our Dutch…continue reading →
Maas and Williams in the Top 10 ahead of the final stage

Maas and Williams in the Top 10 ahead of the final stage

It wasn’t easy for the breakaway to go clear as the peloton was off to a fast and nervous start in today’s Ronde de l’Isard stage 3. It took almost an hour of racing for 4 members of the break to be allowed a gap by the peloton. On the slopes of the Col de Chioula the peloton contained a reduced numbers of riders, and they got the foot of Plateau de Beille 25 seconds behind the last two members of the break. Due to the high pace, two kilometers in the climb…continue reading →
Two riders in the Top 10 at Ronde de l’Isard

Two riders in the Top 10 at Ronde de l’Isard

Today’s stage was off to a fast start as it took more than an hour of racing before the breakaway of the day was clear. The early moved was made and it featured up to nine riders, including our Jan Maas, who took a bonus of three seconds after winning the first intermediate sprint. That group worked together and opened and the gap was up to two minutes at the top of the Col d’Ares with 29 km remaining. The nine leaders arrived to the final climb of the day, the Hospice de…continue reading →
Stevie Willams takes second at Flèche Ardennaise

Stevie Willams takes second at Flèche Ardennaise

The race featured a hectic start as many attacks were done in the first kilometers of the race. A dangerous move with 15 riders, including Julius van den Berg, led the peloton to pick the speed up and stayed together until the riders hit the slopes of the Côte the Vecquée. Several attacks went by but it wasn’t until the race arrived to the foot of the Côte de Cornesse, that the eventual winning move was made. Stevie Williams jumped off the main group and brought to his wheel three other riders with…continue reading →
12th place on GC for Julius at Tour de Bretagne

12th place on GC for Julius at Tour de Bretagne

Once again it was a rainy stage at Tour de Bretagne. After a fast start, a group of 28 riders including the race leader and GC contenders went up the road, and our Julius van den berg alongside Stevie Williams were part of it. Julius got to the last lap in an 8-man chasing group, but in the closing kilometers an inopportune puncture forced him to led the group go. Stevie Williams gave his wheel to the Dutch rider and rolled to the line in 12th place. We wrap up the Tour de…continue reading →
Julius van den Berg sprints to 6th in Bretagne

Julius van den Berg sprints to 6th in Bretagne

A very strong Julius van den Berg got into the breakaway of the day in the very first kilometers of the stage alongside 9 other riders. They kept the gap to a minute and a half, but the high pace up to the Mur de Bretagne left the leading group down to two riders, one being our always-attacking Dutch rider.  Both worked together to distance the peloton and they were joined by another rider as they entered the local circuit. In the last two laps lot of attacking went by in the peloton, with…continue reading →
Three Top 20 in Bretagne, and Fabio takes eighth in Meerkerk

Three Top 20 in Bretagne, and Fabio takes eighth in Meerkerk

Stage 5 of Tour de Bretagne featured a very fast start that led the bunch to complete over 47 km during the first hour of racing. Several attacks and breakaway attempts were made but our riders always kept the team well represented by always following the attacks or making the cut to large groups. It took almost 90 km to the 6 man breakaway to go away and they were never seen again. The peloton started a fast chase as they got to the local circuit, but the gap always stayed over the…continue reading →
Williams sprints to fourth in Circuit des Ardennes’ stage 1

Williams sprints to fourth in Circuit des Ardennes’ stage 1

After numerous attacks in the first kilometers of the race, a three-man group formed the break of the day. They were allowed a gap of close to five minutes. Our riders remained in the bunch as it went through the last categorized climb of the day. The leading trio was then caught on the descent. In the closing kilometers, our riders positioned Stephen Williams for the final uphill sprint, but the bunch was sent the wrong way with 100 meters to go. Thanks to a late attack, a rider eventually built a gap and took…continue reading →
First weekend of racing – recap

First weekend of racing – recap

What a start of the season for our guys! Last week, Stephen Williams won the Wattmeister competition. He is now one step closer to a traineeship with Katusha Cycling. On Saturday, Fabio Jakobsen spent the day working in the breakaway and, after following all the late attacks, launched and dominated the final sprint to take the victory at Ster Van Zwolle! Yesterday, our boys wrapped up the first weekend of racing with a superb team performance that delivered Gabriel Cullaigh to eight place in a rainy edition of Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers.  We are…continue reading →