Ronde van Drenthe 2012 / 10 March / Hoogeveen
The Albert Achterhes Ronde van Drenthe with start and finish in Hoogeveen was held for the 50th time this year. This Dutch race is also called the small ‘hell of the north’ because of the cobblestone sections. This is of course a reference to the cobblestone classic Paris-Roubaix. On top of that, the riders have to climb the ‘VAM-mountain’ several times, a mountain created by a disposal company.
Bert-Jan Lindeman from Vacansoleil-DCM is leading the peloton through the streets of Hoogeveen in the photo above. He turned out to be the winner of the Ronde van Drenthe 2012 at the end of the day after beating Canadian rider Guillaume Boivin from Team Spidertech C10. Danish rider René Joergensen from Christina Watches-Onfone became third. As you can see on the photos it was raining sometimes, which made the race even harder.
Theo Bos, Graeme Brown and Tom Leezer from Team Rabobank. The day before, Friday the 9th of March, Theo Bos won Dwars Door Drenthe. However, Theo and his team were not able to win again the day after. Tom Leezer was the best of Team Rabobank and became 14th. The young rider Wouter Wippert from the national team of The Netherlands, showed his talent once more: he became 6th and was the second best Dutch rider of the day.
Riders from Christina Watches-Onfone, Team Spidertech C10, Leopard-Trek and Project 1t4i talking to each other after the race. For more results and specific information about the Ronde van Drenthe, including the races for women, you can go to www.rondevandrenthe.nl.