Ronde van Overijssel 2018 / 12 May / Rijssen
The Ronde van Overijssel (UCI 1.2) almost always has the same route, but this year the organisation decided to move the finish closer to the city centre of Rijssen. The riders had to face a distance of 199 kilometres through Overijssel, a region in the east of the Netherlands. It is a perfect race for young talented riders to show what they are capable of and a lot of foreign teams come to the race, such as Canyon Eisberg from Great Britain with Harry Tanfield, who has recently won a stage in the Tour of Yorkshire. Before the ravitaillering and the Lemelerberg, there were riders who managed to get away from the peloton.
This head bunch consisted of 14 riders, such as Cees Bol (SEG), Max Kanter (DSU), Eamon Lucas, Rens Tulner (DCR), Tijmen Eising (MET), Jordi van Loon (DES) & Martijn Budding (RNL). The team WV De Jonge Renner and later on also Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij managed to reduce the gap and then Tim Ariesen, Nick van der Lijke en Jeroen Meijers from Team Roompot and a few other conti-riders jumped to the head of the race.
The bunch with about 25 riders stayed away and Piotr Havik from the team Beat Cycling Club attacked. Harry Tanfield (BCC) was the only rider who was able to get him back and they sprinted for the win. Havik then won the 66th edition of the Ronde van Overijssel. Cees Bol (SEG) remains the leader in the Holland Cup.
All the winners joined each other on stage at the end of the day: winner Piotr Havik (Beat Cycling Club), runner-up Harry Tanfield (Canyon – Eisberg), number three Max Kanter (Development Team Sunweb), the most combative rider Tijmen Eising (Metec), the best rider U23 (Gijs Verdick Memorial Prize) Max Kanter (Development Team Sunweb), the winner of the sprint ‘Dorp van de Ronde’ (Enter/Wierden) Nils Eekhoff (Development Team Sunweb) and Cees Bol (SEG Racing), the leader in the Holland Cup.
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PHOTOS IN OUR RIDE ON! PHOTO GALLERY
11 September 2017
The last Grand Tour of the year is over. Time to share some memorable photos of the last couple of days. Just to prove how great this year’s Vuelta has been.
Flying with a helicopter was a dream come true for these guys!
Chris Froome won the Vuelta, but his teammates are even more excited about it!
Six victories for the Quick Step Floors Cycling Team in this Vuelta. Celebrate!
And these guys were having fun on their own teambus after the last stage.
Alberto Contador is waving to his fans. Great ending of a great career.
Time for a nap now. Sweet dreams, Esteban Chaves!
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Bonjour! It is hard to believe that the last week of the Tour de France is already taking place as we speak. Those weeks fly by in no time. By now, the riders are suffering in the Alps, but luckily for them there are only a couple of days left now. And the second rest day did most of the riders good. It is like they are all fresh and new again.
Every day, the riders are sitting in the bus on their way to the start of another stage. It is up to the riders what they do in the bus to entertain themselves. Luke Rowe (SKY) has no problems with that, it turns out that he is an excellent fidget spinner.
On the second rest day the boys of Astana went for a ride together. But they also need to drink, so during the training they stopped for a cup of coffee.
It seems that the boys of Bora-Hansgrohe could not find a café or restaurant for a cup of coffee, so they stopped alongside the road to take a break during their training.
The riders from UAE Abu Dhabi did find a little café during their ride, but it seems that most riders here are taking a refreshing drink rather than a cup of coffee. Louis Meintjes seems to be the only one drinking coffee.
Now this is what I call sight-seeing! The boys of Cannondale – Drapac do not care about coffee at all on their rest day, they thought it would be nice to explore the small roads around their hotel. And look where it brought them. So pretty!
Still, after another rest day it was time for the last couple of stages. A few big mountains in the Alps were waiting for the riders. It was hard, but the smile on the face of Brice Feillu (FVC) says it all: the mountains are tough, but awesome.
In 1954, Federico Bahamontes came to his first Tour de France. He was excited and all he wanted was to attack in the mountains. This was not without a reason. He showed in his first Tour de France that he was the best climber of the peloton. As soon as the riders started to climb, Bahamontes placed an attack and was gone. You would think that this would lead to a lot of stage wins, but that did not happen. Bahamontes was scared of the descents and would usually wait for the other riders as soon as he arrived on the top of a mountain. The Galibier was one of the last mountains to be climbed in this Tour de France. Bahamontes passed the top as the first rider, but waited. As always. Still, he had proven that he was the best climber and went home with the polka dot jersey.
How different it was ten years later. In the year 1964, Bahamontes was one of the most experienced riders in the peloton. In the ten years as a professional rider he had learned to descent, to think before he attacked and to take a chance whenever possible. He won multiple Tour stages and won the general classification in 1959 and became the first Spaniard to win the Tour de France. Still, he was in love with the mountains and was always pleased to ride in the Pyrenees. Nevertheless, on of his most impressive wins was in the Alps.
It was on the 29th of June, stage eight. Bahamontes placed an attack on the Col du Télégraphe. There were no other riders in his wheel. He was eager to win the mountain classification for the sixth time in his career and although he knew that there were young talents in the peloton (Simpson, Janssen, Altig, Poulidor), he also knew that he still had the legs to beat them. But he wasn’t completely sure of himself, so he went up the Col du Galibier really fast and on the top he had a difference of more than three minutes on the following group. He was safe and, unlike ten years before, he did not wait and went solo to the finish in Briançon. It is one of the great wins of Bahamontes. He won another stage in the Pyrenees and became first in the mountain classification. He took the polka dot jersey home for the sixth and last time. That record still stands until today.
Episode 9 – “Two Smiling Boys”
“You’re late, Warren!” Michael looked angry at Warren as he started cycling again. “I have waited ten minutes for you. We are going to be late for school!”
“Sorry, I took the long road,” Warren said. “With that climb in it?” Michael asked. Warren gave him a nod. The two boys were in the same class. Every day they peddled to school together and shared all kind of stories with each other. “Did you learn for that test today?” Warren asked Michael.
“I wanted to, but I started dancing to the music on the television instead.”
“You fool, and you need to get a good grade for French!” Michael sighed. “Yeah, I know… but I prefer English class.”
The school came into sight. Mister Merckx stood outside and saw the two boys coming. “Hurry up!” he yelled at them. The boys looked at each other and started sprinting. Michael was the first boy who entered the playground of the school.
“I won!” he screamed. He stopped his bike and Warren stopped next to him. “You won this time,” Warren said, but I will beat you in the mountains for sure. And now je veux un baguette!” Michael looked puzzled at him: “What?”
“You are so going to fail that test”, Warren said to him. And then both boys started laughing out loud as they walked into the school.