Ronde van Overijssel 2018 / 12 May / Rijssen
The Ronde van Overijssel (UCI 1.2) almost always has the same route, but this year the organisation decided to move the finish closer to the city centre of Rijssen. The riders had to face a distance of 199 kilometres through Overijssel, a region in the east of the Netherlands. It is a perfect race for young talented riders to show what they are capable of and a lot of foreign teams come to the race, such as Canyon Eisberg from Great Britain with Harry Tanfield, who has recently won a stage in the Tour of Yorkshire. Before the ravitaillering and the Lemelerberg, there were riders who managed to get away from the peloton.
This head bunch consisted of 14 riders, such as Cees Bol (SEG), Max Kanter (DSU), Eamon Lucas, Rens Tulner (DCR), Tijmen Eising (MET), Jordi van Loon (DES) & Martijn Budding (RNL). The team WV De Jonge Renner and later on also Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij managed to reduce the gap and then Tim Ariesen, Nick van der Lijke en Jeroen Meijers from Team Roompot and a few other conti-riders jumped to the head of the race.
The bunch with about 25 riders stayed away and Piotr Havik from the team Beat Cycling Club attacked. Harry Tanfield (BCC) was the only rider who was able to get him back and they sprinted for the win. Havik then won the 66th edition of the Ronde van Overijssel. Cees Bol (SEG) remains the leader in the Holland Cup.
All the winners joined each other on stage at the end of the day: winner Piotr Havik (Beat Cycling Club), runner-up Harry Tanfield (Canyon – Eisberg), number three Max Kanter (Development Team Sunweb), the most combative rider Tijmen Eising (Metec), the best rider U23 (Gijs Verdick Memorial Prize) Max Kanter (Development Team Sunweb), the winner of the sprint ‘Dorp van de Ronde’ (Enter/Wierden) Nils Eekhoff (Development Team Sunweb) and Cees Bol (SEG Racing), the leader in the Holland Cup.