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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 Dutch Road Championships 2015 #3


Dutch Road Championships 2015 / 28 June / Elite Men

Before the start of the Dutch Road Championship for Elite Men, almost everyone expected the race to end in a bunch sprint. So therefore it was no surprise that the NOS (a Dutch public broadcaster) interviewed Moreno Hofland (TLJ). The sprinter was one of the favourites for the victory in Emmen. However, when the race of 253 kilometres long started, a head bunch formed during the two parts through Drenthe and managed to create a big gap.

The ten final local laps through Emmen included the new tunnel, which recently opened for vehicles and will also be included in the criterium the Gouden Pijl in Emmen. During the final laps, the peloton chased the head bunch, but only managed to get them back in the finale. But because of a crash in the final metres, the finale was distorted and Moreno Hofland (TLJ) lost his position and became 5th. Dylan Groenewegen (ROP) was the best ProContintental rider of the day and became 4th. The jury did have to look at the finish photo, because there was hardly a difference between the number three and four.

The local lap through Emmen also included a part through the beautiful green nature the province of Drenthe has to offer. As you can see in the photo above, the riders did not only ride through the city, but also on the countryside. In the final kilometres, Niki Terpstra (EQS) showed that the Dutch Road Championship is a hard race and that this means that not necessarily a sprinter wins a bunch sprint in the finale. It was Niki who managed to beat Ramon Sinkeldam (TGA) and Danny van Poppel (TFR), who became second and third.

It was the 3rd national title for Niki Terpstra and he was very happy with his red-white-blue jersey. His son Luca even joined him on the podium after the official ceremony. Ramon Sinkeldam (TGA) was very disappointed with his second place. When you’re that close to a national title, you don’t settle for second. The race in Emmen was the unique opportunity for the rider to win, but Niki was simply too strong in the end and got to put three fingers up in the air at the end of the day.

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Photos Dutch Road Championships 2015 #2


Dutch Road Championships 2015 / 27 June / Elite Women

It was a race of 144 kilometres for the Women at the Dutch Road Championship in Emmen this year and 139 riders had the privilege to start the race. After a while, quite a lot of riders managed to stay away and form a head bunch. A lot of good riders were present in the group, so it became quite an exciting finale. Annemiek van Vleuten, Iris Slappendel, Chantal Blaak, Lucinda Brand and Amy Pieters: they were all there to compete against each other.

This year the KNWU decided to reward the U23 Women as well. The U23 Men have their own race, but there isn’t a separate race for the Women who are U23. So the U23 riders within the women’s race could win the U23 title and it was Demi de Jong (DLT) this time who became the new Dutch Champion Women U23. Riejanne Markus (PHV) became second and Kelly Markus (RYT) third.

It was Lucinda Brand (RBW) who attacked in the head bunch and, as she has managed before at the nationals in 2013, she stayed away. For the second time in her career the 25-year-old became the Dutch Champion. Amy Pieters (LIV) won the bunch sprint before Annemiek van Vleuten (BCT), who became third.

The two new Dutch Champions: Demi de Jong (DLT) and Lucinda Brand (RBW). “Wauw,” Demi de Jong stated on Twitter. The young talent was certainly happy with her special victory in the U23 category. “Can not say how happy person I’m that I can where this beautiful jersey again. All @raboliv girls /staff tnx!” Lucinda Brand said about her 2nd national title on Twitter. “For some it’s just normal,” her teammate Roxane Knetemann tweeted with a photo of Lucinda Brand carrying a bag with her red-white-blue jersey hanging from it.

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Photos Dutch Road Championships 2015 #1


Dutch Road Championships 2015 / 27 June / U23 Men

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).

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Photos Dutch Time Trial Championships 2015 #2

Dutch Time Trial Championships 2015 / 24 June / Elite Men

Tom Dumoulin (TGA) was the big favorite in the battle for the Dutch National Time Trial Title. However, he had just finished riding the Tour de Suisse, where he managed to win the final stage, a time trial of 38 kilometres. He did everything to prolong his title, but in the end, he had to come to terms with a fourth place. Riders are also human; a time trial of 54 kilometres just after an important race is tough. You could even argue that a fourth place isn’t that bad after all.

It was Wilco Kelderman (TLJ) who even surprised himself and became the fastest rider of the day. In fact, the podium was full of Team LottoNL-Jumbo riders at the end of the day. Kelderman rode the Critérium du Dauphiné to prepare himself for the Tour, so he had more time to recover than Tom Dumoulin. His teammate Rick Flens became second and his other teammate Jos van Emden became third. Kelderman is only 24 years old and is going to ride his first Tour.

Some of the riders finished at the same time; the course was 54 kilometres long, so there was plenty of time to gain seconds on the rider who started before you. The women rode the course once, but the men had to ride it twice. This also meant that they had to go through the new tunnel in Emmen; the new square on top of the tunnel had only recently been finished and was now finally ready to be seen by the public. During the special ‘Wielerweken’ (English: cycling weeks) there were also others events in the city, for example with music and food.

The 2015 podium of the Dutch Time Trial Championships 2015 in the category Elite Men from left to right: Rick Flens (silver medal), Wilco Kelderman (gold medal and red-white-blue jersey) and Jos van Emden (bronze medal).

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Photos Dutch Road Championships 2014 #3

Dutch Road Championships 2014 / 29 June / Elite Men

During the Dutch Road Championships, all the professional and talented riders from The Netherlands are in one place at the same time. It is a great opportunity to see all the Dutch cycling heroes just before a lot of them – 17 riders this year – will travel to the start of the Tour de France. The cyclists had to ride the course 18 times, which is 243 kilometres through and around Ootmarsum. The Championship also took place here in 2008 and 2011. In 2008, it was Lars Boom (BEL) who won the Dutch Nationals in this town in Twente. But it was sprinter Pim Ligthart (LTB) who became the Dutch Champion in Ootmarsum in 2011.

In total, 105 riders were present at the start of the race. Only 59 of them managed to finish the race though. In the first hours of the race, there was a head bunch that consisted of 15 riders. Maarten Tjallingii, Tom Leezer (BEL), and Tom Stamsnijder (GIA) were present in this group. But when it started raining and there even was some thunder and lightning, a crash in the peloton had its effect on the race. About 10 riders got away and reached the head bunch. Afterwards, this group split up and riders tried to attack. But it was Sebastian Langeveld (GRS) who attacked at about 20 kilometres to go.

Niki Terpstra (OPQ), who has known Langeveld since they were juniors, decided to let him ride and the others just looked at each other. Terpstra, who became the Dutch Champion in 2010 and 2012, was very happy for his friend Sebastian Langeveld when he was the first rider to cross the finish line. Maarten Tjallingii (BEL), one of the strongest riders of the day, was not able to reach Langeveld. In the bunch sprint, Terpstra became second and Wesley Kreder (WGG) completed the podium.

Sebastian Langeveld also became second in the Dutch Time Trial Championship in Zaltbommel. This was held earlier on in the week and Tom Dumoulin (GIA) became the winner. Jos van Emden (BEL) became third. Dumoulin has already shown that he can compete with the best time trialists of the world. In the Tour de Suisse, Tony Martin won both time trials, but it was the young rider Tom Dumoulin who secured the second spot both times too. Next year, all the Dutch Championships will take place in Emmen, Drenthe.

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