Nacht van Hengelo 2012 / 1 June / Hengelo
Martijn Keizer (VCD) and Bobbie Traksel (LAN) were two of the riders that were present at this year’s Nacht van Hengelo. Just like in the Giro d’Italia, Martijn attacked a lot during the evening. Some of the other riders present in the criterium were Maarten Tjallingii (RAB), Lars van der Haar (RBG), Kai Reus (UHC) and the brothers Michel and Raymond Kreder (GRM). Of course Joost Posthuma (RNT) was also present in the for him local criterium.
Coen Vermeltfoort (RAB) was added to the startlist at the very last minute. Last year, the organization gave the chance to a few local elite riders to participate in the Nacht van Hengelo and they decided to do that again in 2012. This year the podium of the District Championships East and the best U23 rider got an invitation. Mark Olieman, the District Champion, even brought a bunch of guys from his Kanjers voor Kanjers Cyclingteam along to cheer him on and showed that elite riders can do well among professional riders.
This year the organization managed to get the famous Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (LAM) to Hengelo. In the photo above he is riding at the top of the peloton behind the talented Rabobank Continental rider Rick Zabel from Germany, son of former sprint champion Erik Zabel.
In this photo the peloton just passed one of the corners in the course. Lieuwe Westra (VCD) was the rider who won the 37th edition of the Nacht van Hengelo. He crossed the finish line solo and Alessandro Petacchi (LAM) won the sprint in the following group. Pim Ligthart (VCD) became third. For more info on cycling criteriums go here or go to www.nachtvanhengelo.nl.