Finishing nine seconds down on winner Stefan Schumacher in yesterday's Eneco Tour prologue in Den Helder was enough to give Team CSC's Karsten Kroon 12th place. Given the prologue is not his speciality, the performance underlies the Dutchman's motivation to do well, said directeur sportif Tristan Hoffman.
"Karsten did excellent in a discipline, which is definitely not his specialty. The tough stages later on suit him fine, and I believe he has a good chance to be up front in the general classification," Hoffman said on team-csc.com. "He has specifically prepared himself for the Eneco Tour and hopes to be in top form for the remainder of the season."