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Weekend Round-Up – Week 21

Weening crowns himself a true Viking

A new World Cup round in Albstadt, Germany, a big victory for our Team Roompot in Scandinavia and a successful World Cup weekend for our handbikers. This was a thrilling weekend all over again.

Taking the stage win on the second day in Norway, Pieter Weening took the leaders jersey as well, earlier on in the week in Scandinavia. After this successful begin of the week the experienced rider of Team Roompot Oranje Peloton kept his head clear and didn’t make a mistake anymore. Allthough Edvald Boasson Hagen won the last stage this weekend, he still missed 23 seconds to overtake Weening in the GC who managed to defend his leaders jersey thanks to the hard work of the complete team. “This victory gives the boys a boost. The young guys did more than they thought they were able to do”, according to Weening.

A comic in the newspaper today of Pieter Weening taking back what the Vikings took out of his province, Friesland, ages a go.

The Tour of Norway always delivers great pictures.

 

World Cup Albstadt

The off-road World Cup circus landed in the southern region of Germany, where the riders were fighting a fierce battle for the title King and Queen of Albstadt. In the days before the race, the riders of the CST-Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team were already looking for new housing in case they were crowned as winners of the World Cup, according to this picture on Twitter.

Will this be the housing of the next King and Queen of the Albstadt World Cup?

In a race with very tough slippery conditions it was Grant Ferguson who finished 15th and did an amazing job. Sebastien Fini did a good job as well, finishing 13th in the Under 23 race. Hans Becking and Jiri Novak kept in sight of each other, finishing 65th and 67th. At the womens race it was once again the young superstar Yana Belomoina who finished top-20 on the 18th spot. A less successful day for Margot Moschetti unfortunately resulted in a 69th place, with 3 laps more than her competitors. Allthough not what she hoped for, this is still a good learning process for the Under 23 rider of the Brentjens MTB Racing Team. But as a true racer she was hoping for more and to make a strong comeback she will take some time off after this World Cup round to recharge herself for the following races.

Grant Ferguson finished 15th in a tough race with slippery and wet conditions.

Yana getting ready for her race.

 

Handbikers on schedule for Rio

The World Cup weekend for our handbikers in Oostende went extremely well. During the time trial we had Jetze Plat on the highest spot of the podium, where Tim de Vries took his first bronze medal of the weekend. In the road race it was Tim again who took the third spot and Jetze finishing just in front of him, winning the silver medal. In a brutal 56 kilometre race it was a sprint-a-trois that decided who would win. With two podium spots for both our handbikers it looks good in preparation to the Paralympics in Rio this summer. Tim was happy with his results and is confident for Rio. “I felt good and I’m satisfied with the time trial, that gives me a lot of confidence.”

The podium after the road race of the handbikers at the World Cup of Oostende, Belgium. Second place for Jetze Plat and third place for Tim de Vries.

Jetze Plat gives it all to win the Time Trial.