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 before the main packed started to close the distance. With 50 kilometers to go Jan Maas and Julius van den Berg tried to play it tactical and both went on the attack, but they were quickly chased down by the bunch. In the laps to the hilly local circuit, the front group was reduced to just 10 riders, with the U23 TT Dutch Champion in it. Van den Berg kept in touch with that group all the way to the finish line, and took fourth on the day.

Thanks to today’s efforts Van den Berg moved up to fourth overall, and wrapped a great performance at Olympia’s Tour. Edoardo Affini and Marten Kooistra ended up the race within the Top 10 overall, after finishing in sixth and eighth respectively. Thanks to a great collective effort we finished on top of the Best Teams classfication, a big reward after a the great week we had at Olympia’s Tour, together with two stage wins. 

DS and Performance Manager, Vasilis Anastopoulos, sums up his thoughts about the race:

“Our target today was to make the race as hard as possible from the start so Edo or Julius could try to escape in the last kilometers. Fabio joined the break of the day and the rest stayed in the peloton. With 50 km to go Julius and the Jan started the attacks but unfortunately nobody followed them, so they went back to the peloton. Edo had a flat tyre at the worst moment of the race on the point that a group of the favorites went away. Julius was there and Edo managed after a long chase to come back to the main peloton meaning that his 3rd place in GC was lost. At the final Julius started the sprint early and passed the line on 4th place, a performance that brought him on the same place in the general.In general we can be only happy by our riders performance, with 2 stage wins, 2 third places, 3 guys in top 10 on GC and having won the team classification in such an important and prestigious race.”