Viviani wins Dutch Food Valley Classic

Napolitano and van Hummel round out top three

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) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling4:26:31 
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
3Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
4Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M  
5Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
6Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
7Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
8Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
10Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony  
11Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting  
12Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
13Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
14Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:04 
15Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
16Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
17Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Netherlands  
18Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
19Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
20Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
21Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
22Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Koga Cycling Team0:00:09 
23Ibon Zugasti Arrese (Spa) Start-Trigon Cycling Team0:00:12 
24Frank Niewold (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
25Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
26Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting  
27Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
28Glenn O'shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction  
29Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
30Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
31Kai Reus (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
32Michael Nicolson (GBr) Doltcini-Flanders  
33Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:16 
34Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano  
35Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:00:18 
36Chris Jory (Aus) Doltcini-Flanders0:00:20 
37Fraser Gough (NZl) Doltcini-Flanders0:00:21 
38Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
39Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:24 
40Bram Nolten (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders  
41Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling0:00:27 
42Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
43Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
44Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
45René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost  
46Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
47Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis  
48Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:00:45 
49Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M  
50Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
51Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
52Peter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
53Remco Te Brake (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam0:00:47 
54Raymond Kreder (Ned) Netherlands0:01:02 
55Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:01:05 
56Arno Van Der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team0:01:09 
57Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:22 
58Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:30 
59Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
60Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
61Bouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team0:01:45 
62Kieran Frend (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
63Efren Ortega (PuR) Start-Trigon Cycling Team  
64Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
65Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
66Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
67Yan Dong Xing (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano  
68Alister Ratcliff (USA) Team 3M  
69Umberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
70Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano  
71Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling0:03:06 
72Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction0:03:53 
73Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
74Dries Hollanders (Bel) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam0:04:02 
75Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
76Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands  
77Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
78Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands  
79Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
80Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
81Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
82Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
83Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
84Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Netherlands  
85Rens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
86William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano  
87Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
88Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:50 
89Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting  
90Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
91Brandon Zavala Borges (PuR) Start-Trigon Cycling Team  
92Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:05:53 
93Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
DNFBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFLander Seynaeve (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFJames Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFBerden De Vries (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFSteven Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFJake Tanner (GBr) Doltcini-Flanders  
DNFRick Van Caldenborgh (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders  
DNFDean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFDominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis  
DNFHolger Burkhardt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFRubén Caseny (Spa) Start-Trigon Cycling Team  
DNFMauricio Frazer (Arg) Start-Trigon Cycling Team  
DNFJohnatan Fernando Sarmiento Pacheco (Col) Start-Trigon Cycling Team  
DNFMichael Schweizer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
DNFSebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
DNFJonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting  
DNFArne Egner (Ger) Team Stölting  
DNFMax Walscheid (Ger) Team Stölting  
DNFJoop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Netherlands  


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