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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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Uplifting 4th place in gruelling fast Arno Wallaard memorial

by Stef Habets
Uplifting 4th place in gruelling fast Arno Wallaard memorial

Tim Kerkhof shows himself and sets up decisive breakaway

Meerkerk was the epic centre for the 12th Arno Wallaard memorial. Great weather conditions and a light breeze were the ingredients for a blistering fast race with an average speed of 47 km/h. The riders had to ride 184 kilometres through the polders. Tim Kerkhof rode to a very strong 4th place whilst Maarten van Trijp won the sprint of the peloton just a few seconds later. Tim attacked the peloton with just 4 local laps to go and was joined quickly after by 3 companions.

The race started fast and despite the lack of wind there were plenty of attacks. The few breakaways that actually got away never managed to get a significant gap and were quickly reeled back in. The first lap through the polders near Meerkerk was blistering fast and the second didn’t prove to be much different.

During the second loop through the open fields Tim Kerkhof and Pavel Chursin found themselves in a leading group containing 25 riders. Due to a bad cohesion this group was caught after a few kilometres. Oscar van Wijk got caught up in a bizarre crash caused by a chicken crossing the road. Fortunately for him without any damage to him or the bike, he got back in the peloton swiftly.

During the local laps around Meerkerk the race formed into its final shape. The final proved to be a hard and fast one. After the first local lap Tim Kerkhof saw his chance and went for it. Tim was joined by Cees Bol (SEG Racing), Michiel Dieleman (Cibel-Cebon) and Joshua Huppertz (Lotto-Kern Haus). The four leaders worked together to maintain the lead and soon got a gap of 25 seconds. In the bunch Metec-TKH started working and reduced the gap to six seconds with 2 laps to go. This was the moment for Dion Beukeboom (Vlasman) to close the gap with the leaders. After Beukeboom bridged across the advantage got bigger and the five leaders knew that they were riding for the win. Tim Kerkhof saw his light was slowly fading to black after setting up this attack. He managed to sprint to a fourth place after an attacking race. Maarten van Trijp won the sprint of the chasing bunch and finished 8th. Oscar van Wijk crashed hard and broke his jaw in the last lap. Get well soon Oscar!

Altogether a good day in the saddle for the riders of DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT.

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Great win by Maarten van Trijp in Gerwen

by Stef Habets
Great win by Maarten van Trijp in Gerwen

Maarten van Trijp did a good job in De Grote Ronde van Gerwen. He took his second win of the season and the third of the team. Van Trijp on Twitter: “Firts crit win of the season in Gerwen. Due to a bad day on the bike it turned into a real sufferfest. But a win makes suffering worth it!”.

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