Cees Bol sprints to fifth in Ronde van Overijssel

Today’s Ronde van Overijssel marked our first race of the action-packed weekend that the Academy will enjoy in the Netherlands that will be completed tomorrow with Ronde van Noord-Holland. The lack of wind set a fast start of the day with several attacks taking place during the first kilometers of the day. Edoardo Affini, who rode solo in the front for more than 20 km, and later Peter Lenderink, who went away in a 9-man group, kept the Academy flag well-represented upfront. After all those moves were brought back, it was Cees Bol the one who made it to the front group alongside 13 other riders and formed the breakaway of the day. 

That group was allowed close to four minutes by the bunch and thanks to the good cooperation among the breakaway members entered into the last 30 km of the day ahead of the bunch. The constant attack in the head of the main group caused that 10 riders broke away and joined the 14-leaders just before the final local circuit, with Cees Bol always keeping his position safe at all times. 

In the last local lap, a rider went away from the leading group with another one joining him shortly after. Both sprinted for the win while in the group behind our Cees Bol took third in the sprint of the group and accounted for a fifth place overall. The 22-year Dutchman started the day leading the general classification of the Holland Cup CC and after today’s performance, he keeps the leader’s jersey on his shoulders proving yet again his strength. The Dutch all-rounder holds a total of three wins under his belt, seven podiums spots and total of seventeen times in the Top 10 in just 23 days of racing. 

Cees Bol, fifth today and leader of the Holland Cup CC:
“The race did not turn out as I expected as I thought that the eventual winning break would go off with around 40 km left but halfway the race it was already gone (100 km mark). I was on the first move, which was a great situation for the team. With around 40 km to go another group of around 10 riders came in, which made the situation a difficult one. Two riders went away on the last lap so I decided to gamble it on the sprint and I came away with a fifth place. We are already looking forward to tomorrow’s Ronde van Noord-Holland”.