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Maik van der Heijden wins CX in Geraardsbergen

by Stef Habets
Maik van der Heijden wins CX in Geraardsbergen

The famous Muur van Geraardsbergen was the scenery for the Brico Cross sunday 16 September.

Our cyclo cross rider Maik van der Heijden showed his form and took the win.

Maik who is an U23 rider said: ”Directly from the start we managed to get away with two riders, but after Jens Dekker crashed I led the race solo. A few laps after this Timo Kielich closed the gap and we were back to two leaders. At the last lap I got away a little and rode to victory.”

Maik has a great start of his season and we hope he can maintain his form throughout the whole CX season.

 

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Robin Blummel takes the win in the Omloop van Valkenswaard after great teamwork

by Stef Habets
Robin Blummel takes the win in the Omloop van Valkenswaard after great teamwork

The omloop van Valkenswaard was an U23 race over cobbles and dirt sections. From the start the DESTIL-Parkhotel riders set a high pace and Maik van der Heijden sat up to let Robin Blummel ride away with 2 other riders. Timo de Jong saw the opportunity and bridged across along with Bryan Bouwans of Metec-TKH. The five worked well together and managed to stay clear of the chasing peloton.

The peloton later split and Lars Oreel was in the first part and rode a great race. He later finished seventh behind the five leaders who stayed clear. Timo de Jong tried to get away in the final kilometres but was caught. Timo still had the legs to squeeze in a great lead-out for Robin Blummel who took the win with an impressive sprint. Timo came home 4th. ‘’I want to thank the whole team for the work they did for me today and also thank you to Giant store Milsbeek for the tyres. There were zero punctures for our team today.’’ Says Robin Blummel.

Altogether it was a great race for the team with Robin his win and a 4th and 7th place.

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Maarten van Trijp sprints to second place in Ronde van Midden Nederland

by Stef Habets
Maarten van Trijp sprints to second place in Ronde van Midden Nederland

The 191 kilometres race from Utrecht to Utrecht was won with a late attack at 4 kilometres to go. The Dane Casper Folsach(Colo Quick) escaped and managed to stay clear of the chasing group by 4 seconds. The sprint for second place was won by Maarten van Trijp who was our only rider in the first echelon.

The race started with a three man breakaway. Later the three leaders were joined by two companions. The peloton showed some cracks before the first climb of the Grebbeberg, but everything got back together. After 120 kilometres the wind blew from the side and everyone knew that echelons would be formed here. The potential threat of the wind lead to a nervous peloton.

Twan Brusselman made sure that Maarten van Trijp was at the front when the bunch cracked under the pressure of the wind. Maarten was part of the second echelon but managed to cross to the first one together with Ivar Slik (Monkey Town). Maarten who was our only rider in the first group rode very economic and only did his turns at the front when there was wind.

The peloton started to put pressure on the lead-group when the gap went down from 1:20 to 40 seconds. This lead to a hard and fast final with lots of attacks. Maarten gambled and put all his chips on his sprint but unfortunately there was still one rider in front.

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Tour of Szeklerland great succes

by Stef Habets
Tour of Szeklerland great succes

Our riders rode a very attacking Tour if Szeklerland resulting in  a 4th place in the general classification and 1st in the U23 classification by Alex Molenaar. Jordi van Loon took 6th place in the GC and Oscar van Wijk rode to an impressive 11th place overall. The team also took second place in the team classification.

The Last two days of the tour of Szeklerland proved to be very hard with two stages and an uphill time-trial. In stage 3 Maik van der Heijden joined an early breakaway and put a lot of effort in making it stuck. This resulted in him getting dropped after the breakaway got caught. But his aggressive style of racing has given the team lots of exposure. We rather go down fighting, because in order to win you must be ready to lose. Great job Maik!
Stage 3 was a very hard day and Alex Molenaar tried his luck and got in a two man breakaway after the early one was caught. Unfortunately his companion of Team Novak did not work with him and Alex had to do all the labour. Soon after they where caught and Jordi van Loon rode to a 4th place in the stage with Alex coming in 6th and Oscar 9th. Jordi van Loon took the lead in the U23 competition with just 2 stages to go.

Stage 4A was an individual uphill time trial over 10 kilometre. Alex rode to an impressive third place and Jordi came home 9th losing the U23 lead to Alex.

Stage 4B was 143 kilometres long and did not do any damage for the GC contenders. Jordi van Loon sprinted to an 10th place in the stage and Alex Molenaar defended his U23 lead successfully.

Altogether the Tour of Szeklerland was a good one for the team. We rode very aggressive and showed our jersey and sponsors where possible. We got home with the U23 leaders jersey, second place in the team classification third in the mountains classification and 4th in the general classification. This young team gathered many great experiences in Romania and learned a lot.

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Tour of Szeklerland of to a great start

by Stef Habets
Tour of Szeklerland of to a great start

Our riders are currently racing in the Tour of Szeklerland they started it with a 5,3 kilometre prologue. Maik van der Heijden took 6th place and the lead in the U23 classification. Alex Molenaar took 10th place and the rest of the team showed themselves.

Stage 1 was a 200 kilometre race and Oscar van Wijk managed to get in the early breakaway, after 20 to 25 kilometre a group of 4 rode away. Oscar rode a very brave race and his escape ended only 25 metres from the finish, after 170 kilometres at the front. Eventually Jordi van Loon took 8th place, Oscar took 11th and Alex 14th.

Stage two was a 192 kilometre stage. Oscar van Wijk rode to a 8th place and Jordi van Loon rode to a 9th place. Oscar now sits in 6th place in the general classification, while Alex Molenaar sits in 7th and Jordi van Loon sits in 9th.

There are 2 stages and an individual time trial still to come and there is still everything to play for.

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Oscar van Wijk shows his potential in scorching hot Dutch U23 Nationals

by Stef Habets
Oscar van Wijk shows his potential in scorching hot Dutch U23 Nationals

DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT rides an aggressive race and takes third

Nispen was the location for the start of the Dutch U23 national championship and the riders had to cover over 160 kilometres. The start took place under a burning sun and strong winds. The riders of DESTIL-Parkhotel rode an attacking race and finished the race of with a very strong third place by Oscar van Wijk. The race consisted of a start in Nispen and a 50 kilometre loop around West-Brabant that lead the riders into 10 local laps of 11 kilometres in Hoogerheide.

After the race had started a lead group of 5 riders formed and Lars Oreel was part of it. Strong winds broke the peloton a few times. The race entered the local laps with a 5 men breakaway including Lars Oreel, a chasing group with Jordi van Loon and the compact bunch. During the following laps the situation did not really change, the five leaders maintained their lead and the chasing group with Jordi van Loon got caught. There were only two man strong enough to close the gap to the leading group and it swell to seven riders.

With around five laps to go the seven leaders got re-joined by the main bunch and their breakaway was over. This meant that there was still everything to play for and two riders went for it. Quickly after this they got company of around 13 other riders including Timo de Jong and Oscar van Wijk. With three laps to go a group of five got away, Nils Sinschek of WV De Jonge Renner, Dylan Boumans of Metec-TKH, Daan Hoole and Marten Kooistra of SEG Racing and our very own Oscar van Wijk.

With two laps to go Julius van den Berg caught up with the leaders and Daan Hoole got dropped. Julius van den Berg attacked and went on to take the win. Behind van den Berg Marten Kooistra played the team card and didn’t do any work, he attacked in the final lap to take a second place. But there was still a third podium spot up for grabs. Oscar who rode a very attacking race showed his stamina and won the third place in a nail-biting sprint-a-deux.

Altogether a very exciting championship with a deserved winner and a magnificent podium spot for Oscar van Wijk and DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT.

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Aggressive racing doesn’t pay off at Midden-Brabant Poort omloop

by Stef Habets
Aggressive racing doesn’t pay off at Midden-Brabant Poort omloop
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Lars Oreel Highest finisher after scorching hot day

 

Sunday 10 June was the day of the penultimate race in the Holland Cup series. The 200 kilometre race started and finished in Gilze and contained several cobblestone sections and typical Dutch twisting and turning. Before the race started the wind got stronger and presented itself as an important factor for the race. Along with 200 other riders our guys left Gilze under a scorching sun.

The first breakaway proved to be the right one and Jordi van Loon managed to get in it. He was accompanied by 5 companions and together they got a maximum advantage of 2 minutes. After 3 big laps of 37 kilometres the peloton picked up the pace and started chasing the leading group. Unfortunately Jordi van Loon ’’who was in the early break for the second day in a row’’ punctured and had to let his fellow escapees go. Jordi was caught by the peloton soon after.

The 5 lone leaders lead the peloton for another lap while the bunch reeled them in. After the big regroup the peloton started to put the hammer down and the race exploded. The bunch split several times and got back together again. After a while a lead group of twelve riders got away. The rest of the bunch split into 3 big groups and Tim Kerkhof and Lars Oreel where part of the first chasing group of around 30 riders. Tim got stomach issues soon after and had to abandon the race unfortunately.

In the finale the group of twelve riders split during the local laps of 7 kilometres, 3 riders where deciding which of them could take home the flowers. In the chasing group Lars Oreel managed to stay where he was and keep up the pace. A little group of 4 riders got away but Lars showed his fast legs and incredible power as a first year U23 rider and won the sprint for 17th place. A little further behind birthday boy Robin Blummel who celebrated his 19th birthday finished the race completely empty.

Bad luck and a lot learned at the Midden-Brabant Poort omloop.

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Ton Dolmans Trofee a very hard race

by Stef Habets
Ton Dolmans Trofee a very hard race

The third edition of the Ton Dolmans trofee took place under sunny weather conditions. 180 kilometres and many hills separated the riders from the finish. The many hills, twists and turns resulted in a nervous race. Unfortunately our riders played no significant role in the final.

The race started cruelly fast due to the pace of the Alecto team. This high pace made sure that the peloton thinned out a little. After a fast first lap with many attacks that didn’t stick a bigger group got away. There where 13 riders up the road without any of Vlasman Cyclingteam and DESTIL Parkhotel. Vlasman saw the danger and started pulling at the head of the peloton. In the meantime the gap grew to two minutes but the Vlasman team made sure that the peloton caught the leaders.

When the peloton caught the leaders there were still plenty of kilometres to go and plenty of opportunities to come. With 60 kilometres to go a group of eleven riders got away and almost every continental team managed to get a rider in the breakaway. Our guys tried but fell short and just couldn’t follow the high pace of the attack. Twan Brusselman later tried to bridge the gap with Piotr Havik(Beat) but the two couldn’t bridge the gap of 45 seconds and the peloton caught them again.

The last lap of 33 kilometres brought no changes to the race situation and the eleven leaders stayed clear of the chasing bunch. Kelvin van den Dool took the well deserved win for Vlasman with a late attack. Twan Brusselman was our top finisher, he passed the line in 12th place, snatching away third place in the peloton sprint. Altogether a hard day for our team as we never really got in the race. Now on to the next one!

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Maarten van Trijp just inches away from victory

by Stef Habets
Maarten van Trijp just inches away from victory

Today the team took on the UCI 1.2 PWZ Zuidenveldtour. Attacker Stef Krul(Metec-TKH) managed to stay clear of the chasing group, in wich Maarten van Trijp won the sprint convincingly. Maarten was just half a bike length away from his third victory this season.

The Zuidenveldtour proved to be a typical Dutch race with a very high pace and lots of attacks. At the beginning of the race a group of 18 riders, containing youngster Robin Blummel, got away. The peloton closed this gap after 90 kilometres of racing.

After three hours of racing a lead group got away from the peloton. Maarten van Trijp bridged across to this group wich also contained other favorites for the win. This lead group soon got an advantage of around 30 seconds, the gap stayed like this for the rest of the race. Tim Kerkhof bridged across to the lead group in the final. This shows Tim is in great shape the last weeks.

In the final Stef Krul wanted to prevent a sprint by attacking with two kilometres to go and he managed to do that. Maarten started his sprint early to catch up with Krul but he didn’t got passed his bottom bracket. Maarten once again proved he has fast legs and won the sprint by lenghts. He also proves he is more than just a sprinter by riding an attacking race.

 

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