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) TeamResult
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6:02:25 
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:23 
3Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:27 
4Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:07 
5Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
6Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:09 
7Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:01:13 
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:19 
9Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:49 
10Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:15 
11Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
12Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp0:03:39 
13Thomas Leezer (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:42 
14Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
15Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
16Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M0:04:45 
17Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
18Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:05:06 
19Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:05:12 
20Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
21Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling0:07:48 
22Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Team Voralberg0:07:50 
23Marc Goos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:07:52 
24Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp0:08:05 
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFTheo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJos Van Emden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRobert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMaurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFWouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDanny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFKoen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFTom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFThomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFDirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
DNFBrian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
DNFReinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony  
DNFThijs Van Amerongen (Ned)  
DNFUmberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFJim Van Den Berg (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFWim Botman (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFRobin Chaigneau (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFBart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFBouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFWim Stroetinga (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFLars Vierbergen (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFStefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFArno Van Der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFRemco Te Brake (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFDex Groen (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFLuc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFAdrie Lindeman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFDennis Smit (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFJeff Vermeulen (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFDion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFMats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFHuub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFBas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFJohim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFJasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFSven Van Luijk (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFFrank Niewold (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFRens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFTom Vermeer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFBerden De Vries (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFGeert Van Der Weijst (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFJoop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFMichael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFMarco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
DNFNiels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
DNFLuc Loozen (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFRaymond Werst (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFRemco Broers (Ned) Team Voralberg  
DNFAron Kremer (Ned) Colombia  
DNFPetrus Van Dijk (Ned) SP Tableware  
DNFThijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea  
DNFStefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFLex Nederlof (Ned) Team Differdange  
DNFWouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
DNFJeroen Boelen (Ned)  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKobus Hereijgers (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  

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