Sports director Michael Boogerd wanted ‘a good result’ and got one as Maurits Lammertink finished in tenth place in the Brabantse Pijl. Arjen Livyns was part of the day’s breakaway, while other Roompot-Charles riders were active on the local circuit in Overijse.

An early breakaway group of seven riders soon received a comfortable lead from the peloton. Among the escapees also Arjen Livyns. With three others remaining up front, he would only be caught by the bunch at 30 km of the finish line. After that, Mathias De Witte and Oscar Riesebeek rode attentively at the front of the peloton on the local circuit. De Witte moved forward with a small group, but didn’t get clear of the pack. Pieter Weening tried to launch a solo counter attack, but didn’t reach the four leaders.

Those four leaders, all race favorites, managed to stay ahead of the bunch. Behind them, it was up to the Roompot-Charles riders to get a good result in the sprint. Maurits Lammertink sprinted to a nice tenth place, Nick van der Lijke was 16th, Huub Duyn 28th. A good result after a more than decent race for ROC. It satisfied sports director Michael Boogerd, and also Lammertink was happy: “Finally another good result,” he said at the finish.

“It was a tough race. I decided early on to wait for the sprint. Pieter took me to the front of the bunch for the last ascent of the Schavei. I was the first one to turn in the last corner and I immediately went full gas. ‘Whoever follows, follows’, I thought. At the end I was completely empty. I think Lambrecht, Serry and a few others overtook me. I really couldn’t sprint anymore. I didn’t have great legs. Last week was better”, says Lammertink.

He now looks forward to the next race with his team: the Amstel Gold Race, on Sunday, April 21. “We have a great team for the Amstel. We can play our part there. We’ll give it our best shot! ”

Photos: Cor Vos

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