Our guys kicked off an action packed weekend at the Ronde van Midden Nederland yesterday with a 26,7 km long team time trial. The course consisted of two laps around a 13,4 km in a predominantly flat parcour. Our seven man line-up completed the course in just under 30 minutes with an average speed of 52,6 km/h, rolling to the line with the 13th fastest time of the day.
Today was the turn for the second part of the race as the peloton tackled the Ronde van Midden Nederland classic, that will start in Utrecht and finish in the same city almost 200 km later. Our Henrik Evensen did not start today’s stage due to illness, so we had a six man line-up to tackle this second day of racing. It was a hectic and very fast start, and it wasn’t until the packed had covered around half of the course that the final breakaway of the day broke clear. Four riders, including our first year U23 Ide Schelling, made the cut but the peloton had them always under control. At the end, the bunch assured that the stage went down to a bunch sprint, with our guys rolling in the main group and Jordi Meeus taking 28th for the day.
Thanks to his efforts today, make it to the breakaway and riding aggressively at all times, Ide Schelling was named the most combative rider of the day.