Tratnik wins the Volta Limburg Classic

Slovenian survives hectic finale to win

Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi) dug deep to win the Volta Limburg Classic in the Netherlands, winning a small group sprint after being caught in the final kilometres of the race.

Tratnik won the final time trial stage at the recent Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in Italy and used his speed and pace in the rain-soaked finale.

He was away with Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij) in the rolling finale. However after Tratnik put his foot out to avoid crashing on a curve, Riesebeek had no where to go and flipped over a gate.

Tratnik pushed on alone, was caught by the chasers but still won. Marco Tizza (NippoVini Fantini-Europa Ovini) and Jimmy Janssens (Cibel-Cebon) finishing one second in arrears to the Slovenian to round out the podium.

"I'd had big plans for this race. Last year luck was not on my side and this time everything went perfectly. I’d had everything planned out before the race and with 70km to go I decided to start executing it. I did not feel great after I joined the breakaway, but we kept pushing high watts and I saw that everybody was tired. In the end I almost crashed, as I rode off the road. I had to chase the group, but still managed to take the win. It was a perfect day," said Tratnik.

"After winning TT at Coppi e Bartali is my second consecutive win, which is a very nice feeling to win back-to-back. I want to thank the team, which protected me in the bunch, was working at the head of the group to reduce the gap and also helped me position myself for the attack."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice4:42:34 
2Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini0:00:01 
3Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
4Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:03 
5Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:05 
6Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:41 
7Antoine Warnier (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
8Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:53 
9Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Beat Cycling Club  
10Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
12Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Tanguy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
14Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
15Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
16Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
17Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
18Thomas Deruette (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
19Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop  
20Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
21Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
22Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
23Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
24Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
25Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
26Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Jason Van Dalen (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
28Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team  
29Jasper De Laat (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
30Kasper Asgreen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
31Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
32Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
33Pavel Chursin (Rus) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
34Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
35Bas Van Der Kooij (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
36Kelvin Van Den Dool (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
37Stef Clement (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
38Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
39Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
40Håkon Lunder Aalrust (Nor) Team Coop  
41Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
42Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
43Luuc Bugter (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
44Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
45Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
46Jesper Schultz (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
47Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
48Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Coop  
49Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
50Antonio Santoro (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team  
51Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
52Peter Schulting (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
53Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
54Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
55Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team0:01:06 
56August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:10 
57Rick Ottema (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam0:01:12 
58Fabian Schormair (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus0:02:52 
59Tobias Knaup (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus0:02:56 
60Wim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:02:57 
61Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:34 
62Marco Doets (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
63Adriaan Janssen (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
64Wim Kleiman (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
65Folkert Oostra (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
66Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
67Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
68Jacob Eriksson (Swe) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
69Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
70Jakob Egholm (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
71Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:38 
72Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team0:03:42 
73Beau Duvigneau (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
74Jarno Gmelich Meijling (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel0:03:45 
75Florian Nowak (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
76Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
77Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
78Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
79Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop  
80Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
81Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
82Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
83Cameron Beard (USA) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
84Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team  
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFImerio Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFHiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFSepp Kuss (USA) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFDaan Olivier (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFMark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCasper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFAaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFMathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFSteven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFLudovic Robeet (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFSjors Dekker (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
DNFJasper Schouten (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
DNFAbe Celi (Ned) Alecto Cyclingteam  
DNFDaniel Abraham Gebru (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFNahom Desale (Eri) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFDaan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFAlex Mengoulas (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFBas Tietema (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFWesley Van Dyck (Bel) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFDexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFJames Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFChris Opie (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFAlex Paton (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFMaximilian Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFLouis Rose Davis (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFCedric Raymackers (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFJan Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFJustin Timmermans (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFVincent Hoppezak (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFMarijn Van Den Berg (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFJens Van Den Dool (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFStephan Grigroyan (Rus) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFTim Kerkhof (Ned) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFJordi Van Loon (Ned) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFOscar Van Wijk (Ned) Destil - Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFDylan Bouwmans (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
DNFThijs De Lange (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
DNFJasper Hamelink (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
DNFDennis Van Der Horst (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
DNFDanny Van Der Tuuk (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
DNFAndre Looij (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFSøren Malling Siggaard (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team  
DNFAndreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team  
DNFJesper Mørkøv (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team  
DNFAndrew Leigh (GBr) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFRuben Scheire (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFYlber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFSergio Torres Jorro (Spa) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFLouis Bendixen (Den) Team Coop  
DNFGustav Höög (Swe) Team Coop  
DNFKrister Hagen (Nor) Team Coop  
DNFLuca Henn (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFDorian Lübbers (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFRobert Retschke (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFJan Hugger (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFAndreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFAsbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFTorkil Veyhe (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFDion Beukeboom (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
DNFJasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
DNFBas Ottevanger (Ned) Vlasman Ct  
DNFJoost Van Der Burg (Ned) Vlasman Ct   

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