Langeveld wins Dutch road race title

Sebastian Langeveld won the Dutch road race national championships. In a rain-soaked Ootmarsum, the Garmin-Sharp rider arrived solo after a 243 kilometre race. Niki Terpstra finished second. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider beat Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Wesley Kreder on the line.

"Finally, this is definitely it finally," the new national champion said after the finish. Langeveld finished on the podium three times in his career and finished in the top ten on three other occasions, most recently third last year. This week he was second in the time trial championships, which was a clear indication of his form.

"I have been so close so often. I have been on the podium so many times. Finally I get to wear the red-white-and-blue jersey," Langeveld beamed.

Although not in the hilly Limburg province as in the previous two years, the course offered almost 2,000 altitude metres with lots of turns, cobbles and typical Dutch road furniture, by no means an easy race.

The traditional early breakaway went in the first of the 18 laps of 13,5 kilometres. With three riders for Belkin (Tom Leezer, Nick van der Lijke and Maarten Tjallingii) and two for Giant-Shimano (Tom Stamsnijder and Brian Bulgac) and one for the Giant-Shimano development team, cyclocross rider Lars van der Haar, the two biggest teams were evenly balanced.

The gap of the 15-man breakaway went over 11 minutes before the continental team of Parkhotel tried to close the gap. They needed help from other teams, including Garmin-Sharp.

"It was Dylan van Baarle and Tom Jelte Slagter who started working, without me asking them," Langeveld said. "This morning Tom told me that he wanted to do something in return for the work I did for him in Paris-Nice and the Amstel Gold Race. He was an invaluable help today."

When the gap was closed Langeveld jumped to the original breakaway where Tjallingii was still powering away. Former Dutch champions Lars Boom (Belkin) and Niki Terpstra followed suit, as did the new time trial champion Tom Dumoulin, amongst others.

"Not everyone was looking very fresh,” Langeveld understated the race situation. The race was characterized by heavy rain showers and thunder in the opening stages and halfway into the race. “I feared Boom, Terpstra and Dumoulin the most.”

One and a half laps from the finish Langeveld attacked the break. “I rode the Dutch time trial championships earlier this week to practice riding solo because I knew that if I wanted to win here, I would have to do it on my own. And so I did, until the line.”

Tjallingii, already present in the early break, found his second legs and tried to bridge to the 29-year old leader but Langeveld’s lead only grew.

For the fifth year in a row, the biggest team of the Netherlands failed to take the national title. In 2010 and 2012 Niki Terpstra snatched it away, in 2011 Pim Ligthart proved the strongest and last year Johnny Hoogerland won the red-white-blue jersey.

"They can only lose," Terpstra commented on the numeric advantage both Belkin and Giant-Shimano could not play out. "But it’s not that we as smaller teams, or solo riders like Ligthart start the race with that thought in mind, to slay the giant."

Terpstra was gracious in his defeat. "I think it’s great that Sebastian wins the race today. In Roubaix, I could come back partly because he was riding so hard. Now he wins. We get to meet each other in many races in the spring. I am happy for him."

Langeveld will show his jersey in the upcoming Tour de France. "I am on the shortlist of the team. They will announce the team next week but you will see me there," he smiled.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin Sharp)5:42:01
2Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)0:00:33
3Wesley Kreder (Wanty - Groupe Gobert)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Tom Veelers (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Theo Bos (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Bram Tankink (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Berden De Vries (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Jesper Asselman (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Coen Vermeltfoort (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Martijn Keizer (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Jim Van den Berg (Koga Cycling Team)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Brian Van Goethem (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Kenny Van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Koen De Kort (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Bert-Jan Lindeman (Rabobank Development Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Huub Duyn (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Maurits Lammertink (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Michael Vingerling (Team3M)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Marco Minnaard (Wanty - Groupe Gobert)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Vermeer (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Pim Ligthart (Lotto Belisol)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Rob Ruijgh (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Stef Clement (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)0:00:40
27Robbert De Greef (Koga Cycling Team)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin Sharp)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin Sharp)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Lars Boom (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)0:00:44
32Boy Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing)0:00:46
33Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)0:00:50
34WilcoB Kelderman (elkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Maarten De Jonge (Terengganu Cycling Team)0:00:55
36Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Shimano)0:01:01
37Nick Van der Lijke (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)0:01:21
38Tom Leezer (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Tijmen Eising (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)0:01:23
40Laurens ten Dam (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)0:01:24
41Jasper Hamelink (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)0:02:09
42Jarno Gmelich Meijling (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Lars Van der Haar (Development Team Giant-Shimano)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Dennis Smit (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)0:02:38
45Melvin Van Zijl (Team3M)0:03:05
46Bram De Kort (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Cyclingteam de Rijke)0:03:08
48Daan Olivier (Team Giant-Shimano)0:05:46
49Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Ronan Van Zandbeek (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Martijn Verschoor (Team Novo Nordisk)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Kobus Hereijgers (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Brian Bulgac (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Robin Chaigneau (Koga Cycling Team)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Bart Van Haaren (Koga Cycling Team)0:06:13
56Jasper Ockeloen (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)0:06:32
57Peter Koning (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Reinier Honig (Team Vorarlberg)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Thijs Van Amerongen (Telenet - Fidea)0:07:57
DNFPatrick Van Leeuwen (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFMelvin Boskamp (Koga Cycling Team)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Hoekstra (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFWouter Haan (Koga Cycling Team)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFLars Horring (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFTjarco Cuppens (China Wuxi Jilun Cycling Team)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Curvers (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFJasper Bovenhuis (Koga Cycling Team)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFRemco te Brake (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFJohim Ariesen (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFRaymond Kreder (Garmin Sharp)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFKarsten Kroon (Tinkoff-Saxo)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFYoeri Havik (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFFloris Goesinnen (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Gesink (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFRick Flens (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFEddy Van IJzendoornRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFMitchell Huenders (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Kos (Airgas Cycling)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFLex Nederlof (CCN Cycling Team)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFWouter Mol (Veranclassic - Doltcini)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFAdrie Lindeman (Koga Cycling Team)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFUmberto Atzori (Koga Cycling Team)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFDion Beukeboom (Cyclingteam de Rijke)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFDennis Van Winden (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFArno Van der Zwet (Koga Cycling Team)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFWim Stroetinga (Koga Cycling Team)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFBobbie TrakselRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Team Giant-Shimano)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFRens te Stroet (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFBob Schoonbroodt (Veranclassic - Doltcini)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Schulting (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFBram Nolten (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFJos Van Emden (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFTwan Castelijns (Koga Cycling Team)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFTwan Van den Brand (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFJoris De Boer (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFRutger Schellevis (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFSjors Roosen (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFStefan Poutsma (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNFGeert Van der Weijst (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFRene Hooghiemster (Koga Cycling Team)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Vriend (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFRemco Broers (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFRick Van Breda (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFWout Poels (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)Row 104 - Cell 2

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