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Weekend Round-Up – Week 17

“The team fought really hard and used their last legs to defend this lead”

In the Tour of Croatia it was an incredible result for the Baku Cycling Project, with Matija Kvasina winning the overall classification. Definitely the best result of the season for Baku and a great team effort. “The team fought really hard and used their last legs to defend this lead”, Kvasina said. Up next will be the Tour d’Azerbaijdjan.

The cornerstone for his overall win was his second place in the Queen stage on Friday. It was in this stage he managed to take the lead and build up that lead with 19 seconds. The day after it was a strong team effort in the team time trial finishing 4th and the lead was build up to 32 seconds. The team could be very proud finishing only 31 seconds behind the winning time of World Tour team Tinkoff. Team manager David McQuaid is very proud of the result of his team: “We have a good group and this is a testament to all”, he said afterwards.

 

First mountainbike World Cup

With the brutal racing on the European continent in weather conditions like it’s winter, the other side of the world is actually getting into winter. And it is there, the first round of the World Cup mountainbike takes place, in Cairns, Australia. The Brentjens MTB team travelled all across the globe to ride with Grant Ferguson, Yana Belomoina and Margot Moschetti in the rain forest of Down Under. With foggy conditions like usual in the rain forest it was the debut of Grant in the Elites Men race. An incredible 17th place was his first result and that’s something to be proud of. At the women’s race it was Yana Belomoina who defended her number 1 starting number and she finished 22nd, with her teammate Margot Moschetti just behind her on place 34. A decent result for the U23 rider of the Brentjens MTB Racing Team.

La Doyenne

Last weekend was one the cycling fans will not soon forget with the horrific edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In the end there was only a small group left with Enrico Gasparotto still in the front, the winner of the Amstel Gold Race last week. “I gave it 110% today and I couldn’t do it better”, said the Italian rider who changed clothing twice during the race, after the finish. With a race in these conditions he can be proud to finish on the 12th place, just behind the first finishers of the day.

The riders of Team Roompot had an even tough day and the pictures from the start tell the story. Allthough heavy packed in rain jackets, neoprene layers and multiple shoe covers, not all riders were able to protect themselves well enough to the Siberian temperatures. Reinier Honig and Nick van der Lijke were suffering from hypothermia, but Honig was still able to finish the race. According to sports director Erik Breukink, the team performed at their best. “It was a pity we were not present in the attack of the day, but I’m satisfied with Maurits Lammertink, Pieter Weening and Huub Duijn in the first group until they reached the Cote de Saint Nicolas. Of course when the big guys accelerated there, we had no answer, but that’s perfectly fine. Nothing to be ashamed of.”

With circumstances like last weekend we can almost say every rider who finished is a winner. So watch and enjoy the following selection of pictures from social media and remember the brutal weather they had to ride in.

Johnny weet dat het een #derrrannn dag gaat worden #lbl

Een foto die is geplaatst door Gert Jakobs (@g.jakobs) op

#mauritslammertink nog Ff laatste check en dan ist van #derrrannn #lbl #oranjepeloton #oranjegevoel

Een foto die is geplaatst door Gert Jakobs (@g.jakobs) op