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Photos Dutch Road Championships 2017


Dutch Road Championships 2017 / 25 June / Elite Men

The Dutch National Road Championships took place in Montferland this year, an area in the east of the Netherlands, and the start and finish were in ‘s-Heerenberg. Quickly after the start, a head bunch was formed with the following riders: Robert Gesink, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Koen Bouwman (TLJ), Jetse Bol (MZN), Berden de Vries, Tim Ariesen, Martijn Budding (RNL), Albert Timmer, Tom Stamsnijder (SUN), Peter Koning (ABS), René Hooghiemster, Robbert de Greef (BDC), Boy van Poppel (TFS), Joey van Rhee (DJP), Stan Godrie (VWC), Roy Eefting (VCT), Lars van der Haar (TFL), Jasper Hamelink (MET), Maarten de Jonge (MCT) and Ike Groen (DCR).

The race was 231 kilometres long and took place on a circuit of 16,6 kilometres. After the start in ‘s-Heerenberg the riders went up north to Zeddam, then to Beek in the west and finally to Stokkum in the south, before heading back to ‘s-Heerenberg. The head bunch was very strong, but couldn’t stay away until the end. There were quite a few attacks from riders towards the end, but no one was able to stay away. From then on it was clear that the race would end in a sprint. Dylan Groenewegen (TLJ) – last year’s champion – wasn’t able to beat Wouter Wippert (CDT) and Ramon Sinkeldam (SUN). But who was the winner? Wippert thought that he’d won, but the jury saw it on tv: Sinkeldam was a bit faster.

Tom Dumoulin, the winner of the 2017 edition of the Giro d’Italia, had already prolonged his national time trial title on the wednesday before the road race. But he was also very happy after finishing the road race, because winner Ramon Sinkeldam is his teammate – they both ride for the German WorldTour Team Sunweb. Pieter Weening smiled along, because his team Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij also performed well during the day. Coen Vermeltfoort almost reached the podium – he became 4th behind Dylan Groenewegen (TLJ).

They were so close, but the red-white-blue jersey was for Ramon Sinkeldam. But Wouter Wippert and Dylan Groenewegen could still smile, because together with the new national champion they showed once again that they are the best sprinters of the Netherlands and that they belong to the sprint top of the world. Ramon Sinkeldam and Dylan Groenewegen will be present in the Tour de France this year, so the Dutch national colours can be spotted in the Tour peloton again.

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Photos Amstel Gold Race 2017

Amstel Gold Race 2017 / 16 April / Maastricht-Vilt

The Amstel Gold Race always starts at the Grote Markt in Maastricht, a beautiful place in the south of the Netherlands. But this time the presentation on the podium was pretty special, because for the first time in years, the women were present too. A lot of classics have been added to the women’s calendar in the past years and this year the Amstel Gold Race was added as well. A lot of female riders were psyched about riding this race, because they had asked for it for so long. The winner of the women’s edition of the race was Anna van der Breggen.

The breakaway of the day consisted of 12 riders: Lars Boom (TLJ), Tim Ariesen (RNL), Stijn Vandenbergh (ALM), Pieter Vanspeybrouck (WGG), Kenneth Van Rooy (SVB), Nikita Stalnov (AST), Mads Würtz Schmidt (KAT), Michal Paluta (CCC), Brendan Canty (CDT), Johann van Zyl (DDD), Vincenzo Albanese (BAR) and Fabien Grellier (DEN). This group was able to stay away for almost 200 kilometres, but Team Sunweb, Lotto and BMC fought hard to get them back.

Then a new group was formed with Philippe Gilbert (QST), Michal Kwiatkowski (SKY), Sergio Henao (SKY), Michael Albasini (ORS), José Joaquím Rojas (MOV), Ion Izagirri (TBM), Nathan Haas (DDD) and Bert-Jan Lindeman (TLJ). At the Bemelerberg, Kwiatkowski and Gilbert were the ones who got away and got to fight for the victory. It was Philippe Gilbert who won the sprint à deux.

So the 52nd edition of the Amstel Gold Race was exciting to watch until the very end, where Philippe Gilbert managed to secure his fourth Amstel Gold Race victory. Gilbert also won this year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, so this was already the second classic that he added to his palmares this year. Michael Albasini (ORS) became third and was a bit disappointed about his result, because he had hoped for a bunch sprint. Kwiatkowski wasn’t able to beat Gilbert in the sprint. “He fought and came back in those final metres. Gilbert is a champion, we must not forget that.” Unfortunately after the race it turned out that Gilbert had a serious kidney injury due to a crash and has to take some time off to recover.

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Photos Ronde van Overijssel 2016

Ronde van Overijssel 2016 / 14 May / Rijssen

The day of the 64th edition of the Ronde van Overijssel started with the traditional team presentation. This year it was a very special, emotional presentation, because of the recent and sudden death of Cyclingteam Jo Piels rider Gijs Verdick. He was only 21 years old and to honour him, his teammates and former teammates form Sensa – Kanjers voor Kanjers CT wore a mourning-band with his name on it. Gijs’ parents and sisters were present at the start and there was an impressive minute of silence before the riders 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.

Quite a few riders tried to stay away during the race, but Gert-Jan Bosman (CJP), Wouter Mol (RIJ), Taco van der Hoorn (RIJ), Maarten van Trijp (MET) and Cees Bol (RDT) were able to reach the local circuit in Rijssen. However, they could not make it until the end. It was the Lithuanian sprinter Aidis Kruopis, who has been a rider for Orice-GreenEDGE at the WorldTour level for three years and now rides for the Verandas Willems Cycling Team, who won the sprint.

In Bornerbroek, this year’s town of the Ronde, Jelle Wolsink (CJP) won the sprint and at the end of the race, the jury also decided that he was the most combative rider of the day. It was very special for Cyclingteam Jo Piels that one of its riders ended up on the podium, because they were riding for Gijs Verdick and with Gijs on their minds the whole day. To win a prize is a beautiful tribute.

Joeri Stallaert (CIB) became second and Timothy Stevens (CRV) was the third rider who crossed the finish line in Rijssen. Both riders come from Belgium and with the Lithuanian rider Aidis Kruopis (WIL) as winner, the podium in Holland was completely foreign. This actually was a historical moment, because in the past there was at least always one Dutch rider who ended up on the podium of the race through the east of the Dutch country.

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Photos Giro d’Italia #3

Giro d’Italia 2016 / 8 May / Stage 3 – Nijmegen-Arnhem

On Sunday, it was time for the third and final stage of 190 kilometres in the Giro d’Italia through Gelderland, the region in the east of The Netherlands. On Monday, the riders had a rest day and they flew to Italy to continue the race over there. Luckily, Chad Haga (TGA) was ready in time for the Giro. He was involved in a crash with some of his teammates from Giant-Alpecin earlier this year. Warren Barguil (TGA) about the accident with the car that crashed into the group of riders: “We all could have died.” Chad Haga and John Degenkolb were the most affected riders. Luckily they are all back on the bike again.

This time around, the riders went to the Achterhoek, where the Ride On! team grew up. After the start, the team drove back there and watched the riders pass by in the community where they spent their childhood. There was a head bunch and Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) was in it – again. The Dutch rider from Arnhem was determined to end up on the podium in his hometown. And he made it, because he got to wear the blue jersey at the end of the day. The head bunch did not make it though; Johann van Zyl (DDD), Julen Amezqueta (STH) and Giacomo Berlato (NIP) reached a maximum of eight seconds, but within the final kilometres, even Van Zyl, who tried it on his own, could not stay away any longer.


After two days in pink, Tom Dumoulin (TGA) already had the feeling that he was going to lose his Maglia Rosa. Unfortunately for him, he was right: the third stage ended in a sprint once again in the streets of Arnhem and Marcel Kittel (EQS) was unstoppable. He crossed the line before Elia Viviani (SKY) and Giacomo Nizzolo (TFS) and gained 10 bonus seconds. So he ended up on the podium with the famous Maglia Rosa at the end of the day.

Tom Dumoulin (TGA) became second in the GC and Andrey Amador (MOV) third. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA), who is still fourth in the GC, also could wear the white jersey for best young rider again. Marcel Kittel (EQS) got to keep the red jersey, Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) received the blue jersey together with his kids on stage and was also the most combative rider. Giant-Alpecin is still the best team.

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Photos Giro d’Italia #2

Giro d’Italia 2016 / 7 May / Stage 2 – Arnhem-Nijmegen

The second stage in the Giro d’Italia through Gelderland, the region in the east of The Netherlands, started in Arnhem. Before the start, most of the riders go and sign in without their helmet on. Bob Jungels (EQS) did take his helmet with him, so he didn’t have to return to the bus, but could go right to the start. A lot of riders do return to the bus, especially with such sunny weather; it’s cool in there and you can relax a bit before you have to face those 190 kilometres.

Before the official start sign, the riders left the city of Arnhem in a calm pace and they still have time for a chat and a laugh. Sonny Colbrelli (BAR) obviously had a lot of fun during the first few moments of the second stage Arnhem-Nijmegen.


There was a leading bunch that created a gap of 10 minutes with the peloton at 100 kilometres from the finish line in Nijmegen. Omar Fraile (DDD), Giacomo Berlato (NIP) and Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) jumped away as soon as the flag was dropped. However, they didn’t make it to the finish, because the sprint teams worked hard for their sprinters. In the end, Marcel Kittel (EQS) was the fastest rider of the day and finished before Arnaud Démare (FDJ)

Tom Dumoulin (TGA) was lucky enough to wear the Maglia Rosa again and his team was also the best team of the day and the best team overall. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA) got to wear the white jersey again for the best young rider of the peloton. Omar Fraile (DDD), who was a part of the leading bunch, received the blue jersey for best rider of the mountains and Marcel Kittel (EQS) the red jersey for the rider with the most points. Former Dutch procyclist Johan van der Velde was present on stage to reward some of the riders.

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Photos Giro d’Italia #1


Giro d’Italia 2016 / 6 May / Stage 1 – ITT Apeldoorn

The Giro d’Italia started in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands this year with an individual time trial of 9,8 kilometres. It was a very sunny day and about 75.000 cycling fans came to the time trial to cheer on their favourite riders. Simon Clarke will ride his first Giro for his new team, Cannondale.

A lot of the riders listen to their favourite music during their warm up. This includes Riccardo Stacchiotti from Nippo – Vini Fantini.

Vincenzo Nibali (AST) is the winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2013. His biggest rivals this year are Mikel Landa (SKY) and Alejandro Valverde (MOV). Last year’s winner Alberto Contador (TNK) isn’t participating this time.

Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin was the winner at the end of the day, Primož Roglič (TLJ) the number two and Andrey Amador (MOV) the number three. Dumoulin finished the time trial in 11 minutes and 3 seconds, whereas Roglič was only a fragment slower and Amador was six seconds slower. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA) became fourth and got to wear the white jersey for best young rider.

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