Road race - Men: Drenthe
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.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||4:10:41|
|2||Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel||0:00:30|
|3||Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|4||Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:00:33|
|5||Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|6||Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM||0:00:36|
|7||Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:00:38|
|8||Jan Maas (Ned) Leopard Pro Cycling||0:01:24|
|9||Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic||0:01:28|
|10||Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo||0:01:41|
|11||Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:01:44|
|12||Jan Willem van Schip (Ned) Beat Cycling||0:03:00|
|13||Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie|
|14||Rick Ottema (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel||0:03:08|
|15||Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:03:11|
|16||Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos||0:03:16|
|17||Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ|
|18||Corne van Kessel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:03:20|
|19||Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:03:21|
|20||Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|21||Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling|
|22||Lars Van Der Haar (Ned)|
|23||Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ|
|24||Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM||0:03:24|
|25||Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo||0:03:27|
|26||David van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix||0:03:28|
|27||Nils Wolffenbuttel (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team||0:03:43|
|28||Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:03:47|
|29||Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:04:00|
|30||Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|31||Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:04:22|
|32||Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|33||Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM||0:05:42|
|34||Ivar Slik (Ned) Abloc CT|
|35||Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:05:43|
|36||Luuc Bugter (Ned) Beat Cycling||0:07:07|
|37||Rens Tulner (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|38||Adriaan Janssen (Ned) Abloc CT||0:07:09|
|39||Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:07:13|
|40||Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain Victorious||0:07:16|
|41||Danny van der Tuuk (Ned) Equipo Kern Pharma||0:07:26|
|42||Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team||0:07:45|
|43||Reinier Honig (Ned) Start Cycling Team|
|DNF||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||David Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|DNF||Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|DNF||Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM|
|DNF||Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo|
|DNF||Wout van Elzakker (Ned) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM|
|DNF||Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|DNF||Tijmen Eising (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|DNF||Bas van der Kooij (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|DNF||Nick van der Meer (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|DNF||Daan van Sintmaartensdijk (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|DNF||Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Volkerwessels Cycling Team|
|DNF||Martijn Budding (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Sven Burger (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Piotr Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Yoeri Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Herman ten Kate (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Marten Kooistra (Ned) Beat Cycling|
|DNF||Ramon van Bokhoven (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Dylan Bouwmans (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Jason van Dalen (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Jens van den Dool (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Thijs de Lange (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Hartthijs de Vries (Ned) Metec-Solarwatt p/b Mantel|
|DNF||Stijn Appel (Ned) Abloc CT|
|DNF||Rick van Breda (Ned) Abloc CT|
|DNF||André Luijk (Ned) Abloc CT|
|DNF||Nils Sinschek (Ned) Abloc CT|
|DNF||Mel van der Veekens (Ned) Abloc CT|
|DNF||Adrie Lindeman (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team|
|DNF||Elmar Reinders (Ned) Riwal Cycling Team|
|DNF||Jacob Buijk (Ned) Eurocyclingtrips-CMI Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Rick Nobel (Ned) Eurocyclingtrips-CMI Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Jarno Mobach (Ned) Leopard Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Jesper Rasch (Ned) SEG Racing Academy|
|DNF||Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team|
|DNF||Roy Eefting (Ned) Ferei-CCN|
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