Profronde Almelo 2013 / 23 August / Almelo
The Profronde Almelo did not only have a new course this year, but also paid tribute to Léon van Bon, who decided to end his career after this season. Van Bon became Dutch road champion in 2000 and 2005, won a stage in Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Suisse, and managed to win two stages in the Tour de France and one in the Vuelta. On top of that, he also won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
Hennie Kuiper was also present in Almelo together with Rob Harmeling. Harmeling is the winner of a stage in the Tour de France of 1992. Kuiper, on the other hand, is a true cycling legend. He is the winner of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix and Milano-San Remo. Furthermore, he also won stages in the Tour and the Vuelta and he became World Champion in 1975. His palmares is extraordinary and he is an example for many riders.
Besides riders from the past, there were many well-known current riders present at the criterium. For example, Albert Timmer (ARG), Pieter Weening (OGE), Karsten Kroon (TST), and Tom Leezer (BEL). The new course was a tremendous improvement to the one in the past. Hopefully the public gets to see it again next year, because the atmosphere was a lot better this time around.
Danny van Poppel (VCD) won the sprint at the end of the evening from Tom Dumoulin (ARG). Tom-Jelte Slagter (BEL) became third, Pieter Weening (OGE) was the fourth rider who crossed the finish line and Léon van Bon managed to become fifth and showed that he will fight until the very end of his career.
[Including photos by Aschwin for Ride On! Photography]