Hoogerland claims Dutch road race championship

Dumoulin, Langeveld round out the podium

Johnny Hoogerland is the new Dutch road race champion. The Vacansoleil-DCM rider soloed to the finish in the town of Kerkrade. Tom Dumoulin of Argos-Shimano took the silver medal, bronze was for Orica-GreenEdge's Sebastian Langeveld.

The 228.8km course in the south of the Netherlands consisted of 22 laps with several difficult climbs, resulting in a very demanding championship where only 24 riders reached the finish. At the front of the pack was Hoogerland, who was famous for his hail-mary attacks before becoming even more known for his frightening crash into barb wire at the 2011 Tour de France.

Hoogerland also crashed heavily into a car on February 3 of this year, resulting in serious injuries including five broken ribs and a bruised liver, but showed he is fully fit again.

"When you ride towards the finish of the national championships on your own and you know you will be the Dutch champion, it's amazing. I really don't want to take this jersey off, not even for a jersey in the Tour de France. The red white and blue is the most special jersey of all," Hoogerland concluded.

The victory was equally significant for the Vacansoleil team, which has struggled to gain a new sponsor after the announced exit of its two current title sponsors at the end of the season.

"After all the setbacks we had this year as a team, this feels really great," Hoogerland explained at the post-race press conference. "The public sometimes calls me a not so smart rider, but some days these attacks do result in something great," he smiled.

Tom Dumoulin, only 22 years old, was the local rider. His attempt to ride up to Hoogerland in the final lap stalled at 23 seconds. The Argos-Shimano rider had to settle for a silver medal. "I didn't believe in the title and not even in the podium. I was stuck in the bunch with my good legs but when I could get away, I felt good, because riding alone is what I do best as a time triallist," he said.

Langeveld was motivated, but ran out of steam when Hoogerland was hitting his stride. "I really worked towards this race. At a national championship only one result counts." Langeveld said, adding that he had to let Hoogerland go on the final climb of Duivels Bosch. "The light just went out. That was a bit of a surprise to me," Langeveld told Cyclingnews. "I believed in my chances but it was just half a lap too much. The course is very selective meaning the strongest man won today."

Lieuwe Westra was the first attacker of the day. The 30-year old Vacansoleil-DCM rider still had his fast legs from the time trial title he won earlier this week. "Lieuwe's attack was not planned," Vacansoleil-DCM sports director Michel Cornelisse said. "He was one of our six protected riders."

Westra attacked in the opening lap of the championships, just after the race was neutralized because of a crash involving Robert Gesink. The Blanco captain continued but abandoned the race with a bruised rib.

Westra never got a big gap because Blanco didn't want to let a dangerous rider like him go. He had to fight for every second in the first laps of the race. When Jasper Hamelink (CT Jo Piels), Dion Beukeboom (CT de Rijke-Shanks) and Dennis Smit (CT Metec) joined Westra, the gap widened to two and a half minutes, but never exceeded that margin.

"At first we weren't happy with Lieuwe's attack," sports director Cornelisse said, "but then we just let him ride to weaken Blanco. They had 18 riders at the start, we had 14 so we had to wear them out."

That strategy worked because Blanco riders like Jos van Emden, Marc Goos, Stef Clement, Theo Bos and Rick Flens had to work very hard to bring Westra back, especially after he had dropped the other three riders in the breakaway one by one.

The final of the championship started when Westra was caught at five laps from the finish. Several attacks were launched. Bram Tankink opened for Blanco. Hoogerland and Langeveld bridged towards him. "This is a course for Johnny," Cornelisse explained. "The only thing we wanted to prevent was that Johnny attacked too early like he did last year."

Several riders tried to ride towards the front of the race like Saxo-Tinkoff's Karsten Kroon and Michel Kreder of Garmin-Sharp. They found a very strong Boy van Poppel in their group but being a teammate of Hoogerland, he didn't do any work. The gap of Tankink, Hoogerland and Langeveld grew.

Hoogerland attacked Langeveld on the Duivels Bosch climb. Tankink had already been dropped by then.

From the background Dumoulin launched an attack, overtaking Tankink and then Langeveld but it was too little too late. Hoogerland was already out of reach to take his first national title.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 6:02:25  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:23  
3 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:27  
4 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:07  
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:09  
7 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:13  
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19  
9 Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:49  
10 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:15  
11 Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
12 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:39  
13 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:42  
14 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
15 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
16 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M 0:04:45  
17 Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
18 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:05:06  
19 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:05:12  
20 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
21 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling 0:07:48  
22 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Team Voralberg 0:07:50  
23 Marc Goos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:07:52  
24 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 0:08:05  
DNF Jetse Bol (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rick Flens (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned)    
DNF Umberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Jim Van Den Berg (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Wim Botman (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Bouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Stefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Arno Van Der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Remco Te Brake (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Dex Groen (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Peter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Adrie Lindeman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Dennis Smit (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Mats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Frank Niewold (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Rens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Tom Vermeer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Berden De Vries (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Geert Van Der Weijst (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Joop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
DNF Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
DNF Luc Loozen (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Raymond Werst (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Remco Broers (Ned) Team Voralberg    
DNF Aron Kremer (Ned) Colombia    
DNF Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) SP Tableware    
DNF Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea    
DNF Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Lex Nederlof (Ned) Team Differdange    
DNF Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
DNF Jeroen Boelen (Ned)    
DNF Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk    
DNF Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    

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