Once again, the peloton was off to a fast start in the streets of Stein. Several attacks and breakaway attempts were made during the first hour of racing, but none of those w allowed a considerable gap. Finally, it was a group of 14 riders, including Top Competitie’s leader Adriaan Janssen, making it to the front and being allowed a two-minute gap. The nervous chase of the main group led Ide Schelling to crash and abandon the race, luckily without any major injuries.
The breakaway always kept a high pace, dropping half of the group members. Adriaan and six other riders got into the closing kilometres upfront. Before the last climb of the day, one rider jumped off the leading group and held off the chasers all the way to the line. Adriaan powered himself to fifth in the final sprint.
Today’s result, together with Omloop van Braakman’s win two weeks ago, keeps the Dutch climber at the top of Top Competitie’s ranking!