Gouden Pijl 2012 / 7 August / Emmen
A bunch of riders before the start of the criterium in Emmen with on the left Kai Reus, who rides for UnitedHealthcare, in the middle riders from the Dutch continental team De Rijke – Shanks and on the right Tijmen Eising (SUN) and riders from the Dutch Metec Continental Cyclingteam.
Peter Sagan, the winner of the green jersey in the Tour de France, came to the north of The Netherlands to ride the Gouden Pijl (Golden Arrow). The only 22-year-old Slovakian rider from Team Liquigas-Cannondale won three stages in this year’s Tour and three in last year’s Vuelta.
Kenny van Hummel (VCD) and Bauke Mollema (RAB) attacked during the race, but it was Mollema’s teammate Luis Leon Sánchez who eventually won the Gouden Pijl. Van Hummel and Mollema both started in the Tour de France, but due to some injuries they didn’t make it to the finish in Paris. Sánchez, on the other hand, did make it to the Champs-Élysées and even managed to win a stage.
The Olympic champion, Alexandre Vinokourov, was also present on his special orange bike. He became second at the end of the evening and also won the Peter van Putten prize for most combative rider. Some of the other riders in Emmen were Pieter Weening (OGE), Jos van Emden (RAB), Coen Vermeltfoort (RAB), Marc de Maar (UHC), Reinier Honig (LAN) and Bobbie Traksel (LAN). For more info on cycling criteriums go here or go to www.goudenpijl.nl.