Today’s 1.1 Ronde van Limburg, was a special race for us as, towards the end of our last training camp in Limburg, we did a recon of the most crucial parts of the race. That allowed our talents to have that extra gear that they showed today. The day was off to a fast start, with several attempts to make it up the road, but it was eventually a group of 3 riders the ones that made the gap.
Our talents stayed out of trouble and close to the front of the bunch at all times. The peloton picked up the pace progressively, especially with 60 km to go as the race went through a windy section and the bunch split. With a bit over 50 km to the line, Daan Hoole launched a counter-attack and he was followed by two other riders with the aim of bridging across to the leaders. However, the bunch brought the move back and as soon as it happened, Wessel Krul went at it solo, but it was also brought back.
The offensive mindset and persistence of our riders did not stop there and with around 25 km to Daan Hoole launched another attack and was joined again by two riders. The three of them worked together towards the leading group that it was down to two riders, and in the last cobbled section, the U23 Dutch TT champion picked up the pace and went and attempted to go solo all the way up to the leader. Back at the bunch, Wessel Krul played it perfectly and chased every important attack. Sadly, the bunch caught Hoole with 10 km left. With just one leader up the road, it seemed that the peloton would fight for second place, but a misunderstanding led the leading rider to take a wrong turn within the last kilometer. In the bunch sprint, our Stan van Tricht started from way back but fought his way up to seventh in the day, scoring his fifth Top 10 of the season.
Our next racing commitment will be Italy’s Coppa de la Pace.