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Roosen wins Dutch men's road title

Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his victory in the Dutch championships
Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his victory in the Dutch championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma)  was crowned Dutch national road race champion on Sunday after a late solo attack.

Sjoerd Bax (Metec-Solarwatt) won the sprint for second from a small chasing group, edging out Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) into third. 

Roosen made his race-winning attack in the final few kilometres, where he capatalised on the numerical advantage of his Jumbo-Visma team in the small lead group to slip away.

His rivals did not respond immediately and looked at each other to chase, allowing Roosen to gain an advantage that he managed to hold to the finish.

It’s a huge result for the 28-year-old, who had only achieved a few small wins in a career spent mostly as a domestique at Jumbo-Visma.

Despite taking victory, Roosen did not appear to be the strongest rider on the day. Bax, Riesebeek and Martijn Tusveld had all distanced him on the final ascent of the tricky, cobbled climb that was tackled each lap of the race’s circuit in Drenthe. 

However, what he did had in his advantage were multiple Jumbo-Visma riders all able to assist him. After being dropped on that climb, Olav Kooij and Mike Teunissen were still strong enough to work together to all rejoin the leaders, which they managed to do with about 3km to go.

Upon rejoining the lead group, the pace slackened, providing an opportunity to slip out of the front that Roosen smartly took. 

It was an action-packed stage from the get-go, as a strong seventeen-man group went up the road, featuring many of the riders who would feature in the finale, including Riesebeek and Bak.

Then, on just the second lap of the course, defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) burst into life by attacking out of the peloton with seven other riders.

The attack shaped the race, as the chasers gained a significant advantage over the peloton, but Van der Poel himself turned out not to be on a great day, and was distanced by the others as the group began to splinter.

Among those seven riders initially with him were three Jumbo-Vismas, who set about setting the pace, despite having Dylan Groenewegen up the road. It turned out to be the correct tactical ploy, as Groenewegen struggled to keep up with and was eventually dropped by the likes of Riesebeek in the lead group.

On what was an absorbing, ever-fluctuating race, groups were constantly breaking up and new ones reforming, as riders attacked out of the chasing group, and others dropped out of the leading group.

Ultimately, a group of seven leaders made it to the last ascent of the climb together: Riseebeek, Bax, Tusveld, Boy Van Poppel (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), plus the Jumbo-Visma trio of Roosen, Kooij and Teunissen.

Riseebeek might have been strongest on the climb, but it was Roosen who ended up taking victory. He’ll now succeed Van der Poel as custodian of the red white and blue Dutch national champions jersey.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 4:10:41
2Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel 0:00:30
3Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
4Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:33
5Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM 0:00:36
7Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:38
8Jan Maas (Ned) Leopard Pro Cycling 0:01:24
9Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:28
10Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:41
11Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:44
12Jan Willem van Schip (Ned) Beat Cycling 0:03:00
13Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
14Rick Ottema (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel 0:03:08
15Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:11
16Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:03:16
17Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
18Corne van Kessel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:20
19Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:03:21
20Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
21Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling
22Lars Van Der Haar (Ned)
23Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
24Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM 0:03:24
25Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:27
26David van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:03:28
27Nils Wolffenbuttel (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team 0:03:43
28Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:03:47
29Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:00
30Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
31Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:04:22
32Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
33Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM 0:05:42
34Ivar Slik (Ned) Abloc CT
35Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:05:43
36Luuc Bugter (Ned) Beat Cycling 0:07:07
37Rens Tulner (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
38Adriaan Janssen (Ned) Abloc CT 0:07:09
39Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:07:13
40Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain Victorious 0:07:16
41Danny van der Tuuk (Ned) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:07:26
42Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team 0:07:45
43Reinier Honig (Ned) Start Cycling Team
DNFMathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFDavid Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNFNils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM
DNFJulius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
DNFWout van Elzakker (Ned) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFMathijs Paasschens (Ned) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
DNFTijmen Eising (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
DNFBas van der Kooij (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
DNFNick van der Meer (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
DNFDaan van Sintmaartensdijk (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFSven Burger (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFPiotr Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFYoeri Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFHerman ten Kate (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFMarten Kooistra (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFRamon van Bokhoven (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFDylan Bouwmans (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFJason van Dalen (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFJens van den Dool (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFThijs de Lange (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFHartthijs de Vries (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel
DNFStijn Appel (Ned) Abloc CT
DNFRick van Breda (Ned) Abloc CT
DNFAndré Luijk (Ned) Abloc CT
DNFNils Sinschek (Ned) Abloc CT
DNFMel van der Veekens (Ned) Abloc CT
DNFAdrie Lindeman (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team
DNFElmar Reinders (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team
DNFJacob Buijk (Ned) Eurocyclingtrips-CMI Pro Cycling
DNFRick Nobel (Ned) Eurocyclingtrips-CMI Pro Cycling
DNFJarno Mobach (Ned) Leopard Pro Cycling
DNFJesper Rasch (Ned) SEG Racing Academy
DNFJeroen Meijers (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team
DNFRoy Eefting (Ned) Ferei-CCN

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