Van den Berg and Bol go 1-2 in an amazing team performance in Ronde van Noord-Holland
After yesterday’s Ronde van Overijssel, where Cees Bol took fifth, it was the turn for Profronde van Noord-Holland as our second and last race of this action-packed weekend. The race presented a 194 km long parcour, but the unexistent wind made it for a quiet start and it took more than 100 km for a breakaway to go clear. Six riders got close to a minute before the race broke into pieces with six Academy riders making it to the front group. 

The good positioning allowed our riders to make it to the front echelon when the fireworks started our riders with 40 km to go. Marten Kooistra and Minne Verboom pushed hard in the front to make the increase the gap with the first chasing group and once they were distanced it was again Marten Kooistra the one who made the move. The 20-year old Dutchman was followed by Cees Bol and Julius van den Berg and formed a 9-man group. The chasing group picked up the pace and got close to the leading break, but once the junction took place Kooistra and van den Berg went again alongside six other riders. With 2 kilometers to go, it was again van den Berg the one who launched an attack that nobody could match and powered solo the win, his fourth this season. Behind, Kooistra’s and Bol’s group with the 22-year Dutchman outsprinting everyone and taking second in the day and Kooistra took ninth in the day. Back in the main peloton the fastest was Jordi Meeus, who took tenth overall and wrapped up a superb race by the Academy riders as four of them finished within the Top 10 of the day. 

With today’s performance, the Academy achieves back-to-back wins, after Fabio Jakobsen crossed the line first last year. Regarding the Holland Cup CC general classification, our Cees Bol still in the lead with a 132 points margin over the second placed rider. Today’s winner, Julius van den Berg, sits fifth with the same points as the third placed riders. Next up for the team is Ronde de l’Isard that start next Thursday and regarding the Holland Cup CC, we will be back in action next month in Midden-Brabant Port Omloop, the second-to-last round of the competition. 

Julius van den Berg, sixth in 2017 winner in 2018: 
“The plan coming into the race was making the echelon and making sure that we were in front, but there was no wind so it was impossible. With around 20 km to go, we could manage to put three guys in a breakaway of eight riders, which gave us a lot of advantage. When it came together (Marten) Kooistra attacked again and I immediately went on his wheel. It was clear that Marten was the fastest of that group so I attacked to take off the pressure of him. I felt good and I could stay away, so you could imagine that a win like this it feels really nice. Together with Cees (Bol) we were born and raised in this region, so for us it is really special to be able to win while having our families and friends supporting us on the side of the road”.