Find the differences in the photos! Not easy right? There aren’t many. Both in the Dutch and in the Belgian national championships we had a rider on the attack, simultaneously and deep in the race finale: Elmar Reinders in the Netherlands and Stijn Steels in Belgium! The ROC riders really showed the team’s colours. And at the European Games in Minsk, Jan-Willem van Schip excelled on the track, winning a gold medal for his country in the omnium!
Elmar Reinders and Oscar Riesebeek were part of a nine-man breakaway. Elmar went off alone in the finale but got caught at only 2 km of the finish line. Jesper Asselman then finished 9th in the bunch sprint (Boy van Poppel unfortunately had a flat). Great race of our guys! And great efforts showing what racing at team ROC is all about! Sports director Erik Breukink: “On a course which was seemingly built for a bunch sprint, we did everything we could to avoid it.”
We only had four of our riders at the start in Ghent, but we still managed to show our colours. Stijn Steels attacked solo inside the last 10 kilometers, but also here the race was decided in a mass sprint. Michael Van Staeyen finished 7th! Arjen Livyns had to withdraw due to illness.
Last but not least: after two silver medals, Jan-Willem van Schip was unstoppable in the omnium and won gold for the Netherlands at the European Games! Congratulations, JW!