It was a tough day around Groningen.
The bunch stood solid for the first part of the race, bringing back all the attacks, but it was the wind the one breaking the peleton into pieces. Numerous groups were formed with only Hartthijs de Vries and Jan Maas representing our team upfront.
With 80 km to go Harthijs made the cut to the leading group. They stuck together until 20 km but he could not follow the winning move and five riders went away. There was no agreement among the chasers, and in the sprint of that reduced group the Dutch rider took ninth.
Important lessons learned. On to the next one!