Dutch Road Championships 2012 / 24 June / Elite Men
This year the Dutch Championships took place in Kerkrade. There was a head bunch from almost the beginning of the race. This group existed out of four riders: Stef Clement (RAB), Johnny Hoogerland (VCD), Sven van Luijk (CJP) and Albert Timmer (ARG).
It was a cold day in Kerkrade. It was raining more and more during the race. This was the reason for a lot of riders to abandon the race. At the end of the day only 16 riders made it to the finish.
With only 50 kilometres to go, Niki Terpstra (OPQ) attacked out of the small peloton that was left. Lars Boom (RAB) followed, but could not hold up with him. Bert-Jan Lindeman (VCD) tried to chase him as well, but he could not close the gap with Terpstra.
Niki Terpstra became the new Dutch champion after a cold, rainy and heroic race. Lars Boom (RAB) got second and Bert-Jan Lindeman (VCD) third.