Dutch Road Championships 2011 / 26 June / Elite Men
This year the Dutch championships took place in Ootmarsum. Marianne Vos from Nederland Bloeit already won the women’s race on Saturday and Ramon Sinkeldam from Rabobank CT the race for riders under 23. On Sunday it was time for the elite men to chase after the red-white-blue jersey.
There was a head bunch from almost the beginning of the race and this group got bigger after a few rounds on the local circuit. The bunch included quite a few riders from Team Rabobank, like Robert Gesink, Theo Bos and Steven Kruijswijk. However, after Robert Gesink had attacked after a while, lots of riders had to drop the head bunch and Gesink himself decided to leave the race because he did not feel well. Then others got away and sprinted for the victory.
The most discussed moment of the day: the attack of Pieter Weening (RAB) and Joost van Leijen (VCD). Team Rabobank did not allow Pieter Weening to ride up front, so Vacansoleil-DCM decided that Joost van Leijen could not go on either or he would be ‘giving away’ the championship.
Pim Ligthart (VCD) became the new Dutch champion at the end of the day. Bram Tankink (RAB) got second and Reinier Honig (LAN) third.