Ronde van Overijssel Men 2015 / 2 May / Rijssen
Dennis Coenen (VGS) won last year’s edition of the Ronde van Overijssel. Speaker Harry Middeljans spoke to him during the team presentation before the start of the race (photo above). This year it was time for the 2nd edition of the women’s race, but already the 63rd edition of the men’s race. The men started their race at 12 o’clock and had to ride 200 kilometres through Overijssel. At the end, the riders crossed the finish two times before their final lap through Rijssen.
The Irish talent Conor Dunne from An Post – Chainreaction escaped from the peloton after the Kuiperberg in Ootmarsum. He gained a maximum advantage of two minutes, but his solo ended after the Lemelerberg. After the Holterberg (photo above) many riders decided to attack. In Markelo, this year’s town of the Ronde, Jasper Hamelink (MET) won the sprint. In the final kilometres, a group of eight riders got away, but the sprint trains from Jo Piels and Parkhotel Valkenburg made sure the race ended in a mass sprint.
Jeff Vermeulen from Cyclingteam Jo Piels was the fastest rider in the sprint and crossed the finish line before Marco Zanotti (PHV) and Coen Vermeltfoort (RIJ). Cyclingteam Jo Piels is known for their team spirit; Vermeulen’s teammates crossed the finish line with a smile and were truly happy for him. Vermeulen also became the new leader of the GC in the Topcompetition. Jelle Wolsink (MET), a talented rider from Hengelo, is the new U23 leader in the Topcompetition.
The most combative rider of the day also rides for Cyclingteam Jo Piels. For Joey van Rhee, the roads in Overijssel are not unknown. The talented rider lives in Nijverdal, a town near the start and finish of the Ronde van Overijssel. He even passed through his hometown during the race. One of his gifts was a ‘Snelle Jelle set’ with a sweater and a few of the famous Dutch gingerbreads.