Emmen was the place to be last June when you love cycling. The city hosted the ‘Wielerweken’ (English: cycling weeks) with all the Dutch Road Championships. From juniors to the elite; they were all there to compete against their peers. The Road Championship for U23 Men started late in the afternoon on Saturday the 27th of June. Mathieu van der Poel (photo) chose to ride the U23 race instead of the elite men race of the next day, because of the big difference in the distance.
We were able to take photos on top of the new tunnel in Emmen, which resulted in photos like the one above. You can find more of these kind of photos in our photo gallery. The U23 race was 170,3 kilometres long and there were 153 participants this year from all over the Netherlands.
The head bunch of the day managed to reach the finish line. In the end, riders tried to attack, but they were caught every time. The peloton also tried to chase back the head bunch, but failed. The head bunch included 16 riders, who had to face a bunch sprint. It was Stan Godrie from the Rabobank Development Team who won the sprint before two guys from the SEG Racing Team. Fabio Jakobsen became second and Davy Gunst became third.
The 2015 podium of the Dutch Road Championships 2015 in the category U23 Men from left to right: Fabio Jakobsen (silver medal), Stan Godrie (gold medal and red-white-blue jersey) and Davy Gunst (bronze medal).