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Viviani wins Dutch Food Valley Classic

By:
José Been

Napolitano and van Hummel round out top three

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) won the Dutch Food Valley Classic

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) won the Dutch Food Valley Classic

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Cannondale's Elia Viviani won the Dutch Food Valley Classic. It's the Italian's fifth victory of the season after a stage win in the Criterium du Dauphiné and two stages plus the overall victory in the Tour of Elk Grove. Danilo Napolitano (Accent Jobs-Wanty) came in second, and Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) finished third.

The race started late in the afternoon to provide a prime time finish around eight o'clock at night. It was one of the several adjustments to make the race more interesting. The opening phase of the race was eventful with several attacks.

"It was a tough first part of the day," Lars van der Haar told Cyclingnews. "When we first arrived at the local circuit around the Posbank climb, a group had attacked. I was at the front of the bunch and jumped. These are my training grounds, so I know every road and descent. I could take some risks and joined the first group."

Van der Haar of Rabobank Development Team was one of the 14 riders in the day's breakaway. The big teams like Belkin with Marc Goos, Vacansoleil-DCM with Willem Wauters and Argos-Shmano with Will Clarke were all represented. However, they never got more than 3:15 advantage because Viviani's Cannondale squad controlled the bunch to set up a sprint.

"When we entered the local finish circuit, the gap was getting smaller and smaller. Then you know things will be hard. When we crossed the finish line for the penultimate time, the peloton caught us," Van der Haar said.

There were four WorldTour teams at the start with renowned sprinters like Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano), former winner Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Viviani. The ProContintal teams like Accent Jobs-Wanty, Topsport Vlaanderen and Crelan-Euphony also brought their fast men to the Netherlands. And the Dutch national team with WorldTour riders like Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Sharp) and Orica-Greenedge's Sebastian Langeveld was in attendance.

The Dutch Food Valley Classic, formerly known as Veenendaal-Veenendal, took place on a completely redesigned course. The newly appointed race director Thijs Zonneveld also implemented some new technology to make the race more interesting to both spectators as tv viewers.

"We wanted to alter the race course to give different riders a chance, and to avoid the inevitable bunch kick," he said in a preview. "We also got special permission from the UCI to mount Zepcam camera's on the riders' bikes to provide an inside view into the peloton."

Yet, the race ended in a bunch sprint. Van Hummel won the race in 2009 and had big ambitions for today. "I know all the turns here and all the descents, so that was an advantage for me," Van Hummel told Cyclingnews. "The finale was a tactical one in which my teammates Wouter Mol and Kris Boeckmans came to the front too early. Under the banner of the last kilometre, only Boeckmans was ahead of me and that was way too early."

Van Hummel already has six podium finishes this year plus one victory in the Arctic Race of Norway. The Dutch Food Valley Classic is his home race on his own training routes. The Dutchman couldn't turn his home advantage into a victory.

"Cannondale and other teams passed us in the final kilometre, and I had to spend a lot of energy to jump back to Danilo Napolitano's wheel. I did recover in the sprint, but it was too late. I was absolutely good enough to win here today but the other teams played the sprinting game better and more tactical," Vam Hummel said.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:26:31  
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
3 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M    
5 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
7 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
8 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
9 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
10 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
11 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting    
12 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
13 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
14 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:04  
15 Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis    
16 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
17 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Netherlands    
18 Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
19 Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction    
20 Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
21 Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis    
22 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Koga Cycling Team 0:00:09  
23 Ibon Zugasti Arrese (Spa) Start-Trigon Cycling Team 0:00:12  
24 Frank Niewold (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
25 Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
26 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting    
27 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
28 Glenn O'shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction    
29 Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
30 Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
31 Kai Reus (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
32 Michael Nicolson (GBr) Doltcini-Flanders    
33 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:16  
34 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano    
35 Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:00:18  
36 Chris Jory (Aus) Doltcini-Flanders 0:00:20  
37 Fraser Gough (NZl) Doltcini-Flanders 0:00:21  
38 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
39 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:24  
40 Bram Nolten (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders    
41 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:27  
42 Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
43 Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
44 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling    
45 René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost    
46 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling    
47 Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis    
48 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:00:45  
49 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M    
50 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
51 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
52 Peter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
53 Remco Te Brake (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam 0:00:47  
54 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Netherlands 0:01:02  
55 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:05  
56 Arno Van Der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team 0:01:09  
57 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:22  
58 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:01:30  
59 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
60 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
61 Bouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team 0:01:45  
62 Kieran Frend (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction    
63 Efren Ortega (PuR) Start-Trigon Cycling Team    
64 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
65 Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
66 Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
67 Yan Dong Xing (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano    
68 Alister Ratcliff (USA) Team 3M    
69 Umberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
70 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano    
71 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:03:06  
72 Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction 0:03:53  
73 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
74 Dries Hollanders (Bel) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam 0:04:02  
75 Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
76 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands    
77 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
78 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands    
79 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
80 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
81 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
82 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
83 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
84 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Netherlands    
85 Rens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
86 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
87 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
88 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:50  
89 Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting    
90 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
91 Brandon Zavala Borges (PuR) Start-Trigon Cycling Team    
92 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:05:53  
93 Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling    
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling    
DNF Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Berden De Vries (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Steven Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Jake Tanner (GBr) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Rick Van Caldenborgh (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis    
DNF Holger Burkhardt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Rubén Caseny (Spa) Start-Trigon Cycling Team    
DNF Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Start-Trigon Cycling Team    
DNF Johnatan Fernando Sarmiento Pacheco (Col) Start-Trigon Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Schweizer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Jonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Arne Egner (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Joop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Netherlands