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Terpstra solos to Dutch victory

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Niki Terpstra celebrates his new title

Niki Terpstra celebrates his new title
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Terpstra hammers on through the rain

Terpstra hammers on through the rain
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Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) leads the chase

Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) leads the chase
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The early breakaway in the Dutch championships

The early breakaway in the Dutch championships
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Stef Clement, Johnny Hoogerland, Albert Timmer and Vluik in the break

Stef Clement, Johnny Hoogerland, Albert Timmer and Vluik in the break
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The rain didn't make it pleasant for the riders

The rain didn't make it pleasant for the riders
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Hoogerland leads Timmer in the breakaway

Hoogerland leads Timmer in the breakaway
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Johnny Hoogerland and Albert Timmer

Johnny Hoogerland and Albert Timmer
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Niki Terpstra celebrates on the podium

Niki Terpstra celebrates on the podium
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The entire Rabobank team couldn't pull Terpstra back

The entire Rabobank team couldn't pull Terpstra back
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Lars Boom attacks with one lap to go

Lars Boom attacks with one lap to go
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Boom, Terpstra and Lindeman on the podium

Boom, Terpstra and Lindeman on the podium
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) on his heroic escape

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) on his heroic escape
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) puts in a dig

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) puts in a dig
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Lars Boom in the downpour

Lars Boom in the downpour
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Sebastien Langeveld (Orica-GreenEdge) in the chase group

Sebastien Langeveld (Orica-GreenEdge) in the chase group
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Lars Boom (Rabobank) is impervious to the weather

Lars Boom (Rabobank) is impervious to the weather
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Niki Tepstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) celebrates his hard-earned victory

Niki Tepstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) celebrates his hard-earned victory
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Niki Tepstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) off the front in the Dutch championship

Niki Tepstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) off the front in the Dutch championship
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The Dutch national championship podium: Boom, Terpstra and Lindeman

The Dutch national championship podium: Boom, Terpstra and Lindeman
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Niki Terpstra on the top step with Lars Boom and Bertjan Lindeman

Niki Terpstra on the top step with Lars Boom and Bertjan Lindeman
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Terpstra was away solo for a very long time before winning the Dutch title

Terpstra was away solo for a very long time before winning the Dutch title
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Dutch road title

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Dutch road title
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Lars Boom (Rabobank) not satisfied with second place

Lars Boom (Rabobank) not satisfied with second place
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Niki Terpstra of Omega Pharma-QuickStep won his second Dutch road title. He soloed in to the finish in Kerkrade in the heavy rain, which had reduced the field to only a handful. Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) broke from the small group of chasers in the final lap of the circuit to take second and third respectively, about two minutes later.

Terpstra, who had previously won the title in 2010, took off with about 40km to go. The race was marked by exceptionally bad weather and multiple crashes resulting in fewer than 20 finishers.

Full Results
1Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)6:09:33
2Lars Boom (Rabobank Cycling Team)0:01:59
3Bertjan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM)0:02:02
4Michel Kreder (Garmin - Barracuda)0:02:50
5Sebastian Langeveld (Orica GreenEdge)0:02:59
6Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team)
7Tom Dumoulin (Argos - Shimano)0:08:32
8Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM)0:08:41
9Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank Cycling Team)0:08:47
10Koen De Kort (Argos - Shimano)
11Tom Vermeer (Nutrixxion Abus)0:08:49
12Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team)
13Roy Curvers (Argos - Shimano)0:26:01
14Bart Van Haaren (Koga Cycling Team)
15Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
16Ronan Van Zandbeek (Argos - Shimano)

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