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Go Gorilla

♫ André Greipel – Go Gorilla 

“Go Gorilla, rock your tool
You are the champion for us toujours
Go Gorilla, you are strong
And in the end you’ll be the number one”

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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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2017

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15 January 2017

The past two months were without professional cycling. Yes, there was track racing and cyclocross. Quite interesting to watch, but not as intense as a road race (in my opinion). So I am happy that in two days the Tour Down Under will start again. Although here in Europe the broadcasting is early in the morning, so I won’t be able to watch the race live. Still, the race is great to follow, not only because of the race itself, but also to figure out who is on which team now. There are so many new teams, new colours and changes that it is hard to get on track.

The good thing about cycling is that the cycling races actually never change. I know that the Tour of Qatar got cancelled, due to a lack of funding.  But other than that the calendar looks pretty much the same. And I cannot say that I will miss the Tour of Qatar.  Still, I am aware of the fact that a new cycling season is about to begin. I am starting to check out the profiles of the riders on Twitter and Instagram again. I can tell there is lots of training and lots of kangaroos. It feels good to know that we still have so much to watch this year. Bring it on, 2017!

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The boys of Team Sky are training on Australian roads. Wonderful!
© Team Sky

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Presentation of the BORA-hansgrohe team at the Tour Down Under. The hair of Peter Sagan has grown again. © BORA-hansgrohe

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Enric Mas Nicolau and Petr Vakoc are holding a kangaroo. It is so cute!
© Quick Step Floors Cycling Team

morne-de-klerk-caleb-winsAnd the first win goes to… Caleb Ewan. Winner of the People’s Choice Classic.
© Orica-Scott / Morne de Klerk