It is a constant this season: in every classic or WorldTour race, the Roompot – Charles Cycling Team sports directors send one of their riders in the breakaway! And every time the guys in orange succeed to ride many miles at the front of the race. In the Amstel Gold Race it was Nick van der Lijke’s turn to go on the attack.
Nick van der Lijke took off early in the race and was joined by 7 other escapees. Three others joined the breakaway group later and together they built up their lead up to over 8 minutes. In the second part of the race, their lead started dropping rapidly as the bunch upped the pace in the chase. Van der Lijke was caught at only 35 kms of the finish line, as one of the last remaining escapees. A nice performance by the rider from Zeeland who above all “suffered a lot” during the race, he said afterwards with a smile.
In the race finale, the Roompot – Charles riders had to let go the favorites for the win. Mathias De Witte was involved in a small crash – luckily without serious consequences – and Maurits Lammertink and Huub Duyn were unable to join the small elite group up front in the tough final kilometres. Duyn, Lammertink and van der Lijke all finished in the top fifty, in the reduced bunch.
Tour of Croatia cancelled
Bad luck for Pieter Weening. The Tour of Croatia should have started April 23, but due to sponsor issues the (new) organization was forced to cancel the race. Weening and some of his teammates were supposed to travel to Croatia straight after the Amstel Gold Race. Last year the 38-year-old finished in second place in the GC. Needless to mention he’s pretty disappointed with the cancellation. Our next races will be the German classic Eschborn – Frankfurt (May 1) and the English stage race Tour de Yorkshire (May 2 – 5).
- 42. Duyn (+4:19)
- 44. Lammertink (+4:19)
- 48. van der Lijke (+4:19)
- 76. De Witte (+7:53)
- 86. Weening (+7:53)
- 97. Riesebeek (+11:17)
- DNF Boom