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Van Trijp sprints to third place in Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen

by Stef Habets
Van Trijp sprints to third place in Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen

Breakaway stays ahead of peloton

The 42nd Rabobank Dorpenomloop Ruchpen took place in beautiful weather conditions and saw defending champion Maarten van Trijp take third. The 180 kilometres long race was the first in the brand new Holland Cup. Dane Mikkel Bjerg (Hagens Hagens Berman Axeon) took the win after a daylong breakaway. Belgian Rune Herreggodts (Lotto-Soudal U23) took second place. Defending champion of Team DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg, Maarten van Trijp impressed by winning the sprint for third place after a great lead-out by Twan Brusselman.

Early on in the race there where many little breakaways including the DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT riders. None of these were successful. Shortly after this there was a breakaway that did manage to stay away. Two riders got clear from the pack and took a 1,5 minute advantage. But the peloton was riding at a very high pace and caught the leaders. The young Dane Mikkel Bjerg attacked and got clear of the bunch with Belgian David Boucher(Tarteletto-Isorex). When the gap to the escapees was brought back to 30 seconds Runne Herregodts bridged across. Soon after the pace got too high for Boucher who had to let his comrades go.

In the nervous peloton there where many crashes including our guys. In fact only Maarten van Trijp did not hit the deck. The DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT riders took there responsibility and tried to split the bunch several times, but it was all in vain. It was impossible for the young squad of Frank Pennings to do all the work by themselves. The leaders managed to stay clear of the chasing bunch where the work rate was low. The DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg CT riders took matters into their own hands and rode very attentive today. During the finale they played the Van Trijp card. The winner of the Craft Ster van Zwolle is in great shape. Due to great work from Twan Brusselman and the rest of the squad Maarten eventually managed to win the sprint for third place. Twan Brusselman finished the race in tenth place after a great lead-out.

Altogether a great day for the DESTIL Parkhotel-Valkenburg Cycling team. Sports Director Frank Pennings looks back quite fondly. ”I’m proud of my team. Their unity and the way of racing is splendid. The riders look back happily and are satisfied with their race. In spite of the crashes it was a great day for our DESTIL Parkhotel-Valkenburg Cycling Team.”


Maarten van Trijp wins Craft Ster van Zwolle after great teamwork

by Stef Habets
Maarten van Trijp wins Craft Ster van Zwolle after great teamwork

Echelons crashes and flats in Topcompetitie opening

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Maarten van Trijp won the season openings race Craft Ster van Zwolle. After a battle of 180-kilometres the allrounder of Team DESTIL – Parkhotel Valkenburg edged Jaap Kooijman of Vlasman CT and René Hooghiemster of Alecto CT in the final sprint. Jordi van Loon finished sixth. Van Trijp is the first leader of the Topcompetition with Van Loon leading in the young riders competition.

Team DESTIL – Parkhotel Valkenburg travelled with great focus and in good spirit to the season opener. It was the first race of team DESTIL – Parkhotel Valkenburg and it was a tough one. Unbearable cold, gusting winds and 180 kilometres to cover between start and the finish made the Craft Ster van Zwolle a hard race.

The first part of the race was chaotic and very hard for our Russian riders Pavel Chursin and Stepan Grigorya. They never done such a nervous and chaotic Dutch echelon race before. Both learned a lot today. “They learned a lot today. It’s not easy when you are not familiar with this racing style and you face the unknown. But now they know what it is like to race a Dutch echelon race and they will adapt,” said sports director Frank Pennings after the race.

The race saw several unsuccessful breakaways and many echelons which made it very hard. It eventually came down to survival of the fittest and with 50 kilometres to go a final break of 18 riders formed. The group build a strong lead over the chasing peloton. There were three of our riders present in the front group, Jordi van Loon, Maarten van Trijp and a very strong first year U23 Robin Blummel. Robin had to let the group go after a flat tire and a crash.

With 30 kilometres to go Jordi van Loon and two others attacked and got clear. They soon took an advantage of 25 seconds and the gap stayed like that for a few kilometres. Then Maarten van Trijp joined a counterattack with two other riders and they bridged the gap. The leading group of six, including our two riders, entered the final. With 10 km’s to go the gap was 35 seconds. Jordi van Loon pulled hard to hold the group together despite some attacks from the other competitors he managed this very well. We were now in for a sprint finish and this suited Maarten van Trijp perfectly. Jordi kept pulling and made sure that no one could escape in the last two kilometres. Then Maarten launched his sprint with 250 metres to go and took the win in a nerve-wracking final.

Sports Director Frank Pennings: “I’m very pleased with the whole team. I’m proud of our youngsters. We showed 100 percent determination and passion for cycling. This victory is a team victory.”

Best U23 rider Jordi van Loon

1. Maarten van Trijp 2. Jaap Kooijman 3. René Hooghiemster


Presentation of DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team

by Stef Habets
Presentation of DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team

Today, DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team, presented itself to press, sponsors and fans. Many guests were at the indoor go-kart centre of Tim en Tom Coronel. They witnessed the presentation of the new jersey and saw the first ride of the year. Car-driver Tom Coronel organized a prologue with go-karts instead of the new Giant race bikes. First Price winner was Maik van der Heijden.

Chairman René Kars explained about the ambitions of the new team: “This team is extremely talented and radiates power and diversity. Young, ambitious and willing to work for each other. Sponsors should be proud of the riders and the staff.”

Team manager of DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team is Frank Pennings, former talentcoach of the dutch KNWU. “Diversity is best for the team. That is why I chose for variety in nationalities. The team consists of two Russians, two Americans, a Swede and a Spaniard combined with 10 Dutch riders.” told Pennings. “I am very glad that Maarten van Trijp, together with Tim Kerkhof en Twan Brusselman are the seniors in the team. They are well-experienced and will help the youngsters.”

Sponsors of the team are SIKA, Spit Paslode, Kärcher, ZZPR, Teunisse, Giant, AGU and both head-sponsors DESTIL and Parkhotel Valkenburg. They are not only interested in having their name on the jersey. The hospitality facilities of the team help them to network and do business.

Check the instagram account of the team: DESTIL Parkhotel Valkenburg CT or follow the news on facebook.

Team 2018 of DESTIL-Parkhotel Valkenburg:

Tim Kerkhof
Twan Brusselman
Oscar van Wijk
Jordi van Loon
Guillem Garcia (ESP)
Cameron Beard (USA)
Jacob Eriksson (SWE)
Pavel Chursin (RUS)
Stepan Grigroyan (RUS)
Camden Vodicka (USA)
Alex Molenaar
Robin Blummel
Timo de Jong
Lars Oreel
Maik van der Heijden
Maarten van Trijp


Team presentation on Friday February 16th

by Stef Habets

We are very happy to announce that the Continental Cycling Team DESTIL Parkhotel Valkenburg will have a team presentation on Friday February 16th.

18h00 Arrival at Coronel Kartracing
18h15 Start walking diner
19h00  Welcome – presentatieon CT DESTIL Parkhotel Valkenburg
20h30 After talk, possibility to interview team members
22h00 End

You are welcome at 18h00. During the evening we present our plans for the future and we will present the international team of talented riders.

Havenstraat 295
1271 GD Huizen

If you want to be part of this event, please call us at 013-4653009 or send an e-mail to marketing@destil.nl.