Daan Hoole falls short on the win in the opening stage
The Tour of Rhodes got underway with a short and fast 2 km prologue along the coast of Rhodes. It served as the opener of a three more days of action in Greek soil in which our talents aim for stage wins and a good overall performance. We got off to a good start as Daan Hoole finished in second place just one second away from the stage winner, with Stan van Tricht, Wessel Krul, Sean Flynn and Marco Frigo finishing within 9 seconds of the first place. The U23 Dutch Time Trial Champion will start the second day in the white Best Young Rider Jersey.
Daan Hoole, second in the day:
“Today was a super short and specific prologue of only 2 k. So it was just going full gas from the start and that is what i did. Sad to mis out on the win of course but 1.4 sec on a short effort like this is also quite a big gap. I don’t think i made some mistakes so i think i should be happy with my performance. But of course never nice to miss out on a win. I think for the next days the prologue wont make a huge difference because of the boni seconds at the finish line. I expect an open race with a lot of attacks. I am looking forward to it and have confidence that we can get a good result as a team!”
Ioannis Tamouridis, DS for the day and Performance Manager:
“We are happy with the result. Of course, we would had love to win, but in these type of prologues the differences are really small. Today’s result gives us a big confidence boost ahead of the coming stages. We will try and fight for the overall win and make it a hard race since the beginning. We have a strong team and we can aim for stage wins and the overall classification”