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Weekend Round-Up – Week 29

Battle for the maillot jaune comes to an end

Last weekend was the end of the Tour de France. With two last heroic stages on Friday and Saturday the general classification still knew some changes, but the yellow jersey of Chris Froome remainded strongly on his shoulders.

More excitement was to be seen in the places behind the British 3 time Tour de France winner. Runner up, Bauke Mollema, slipped away on a roundabout and never got back in the race on Friday’s stage. He dropped from the second place to the 10th, where Romain Bardet placed a solid break away on Saturday which brought him on the podium. Both days the riders were having tough days with a lot of rain and cold. It was brutal riding in the Alps. With a minor crash on Friday for Sebastian Reichenbach of FDJ it was a dangerous last stage for our riders of FDJ as well. But they still managed to get to Paris on Sunday where they placed several attacks on the Champs Elysees. In a last final attempt to escape a destined bunch sprint. Allthough they tried hard, it still ended up in the ‘World Championships of Sprint’ and the German Andre Greipel happend to be the fastest of all.

A soaking wet Steve Morabito after the stages in the Alps.

Still some smiles although the rain was pouring down on the riders in Morzine.

We wish to thank all the FDJ riders for their attacks, teamwork and hard riding in the last three weeks. We enjoyed every mile of racing this Tour de France!

 

Transmaurienne Vanoise

In a different part of France a stage mountainbike race took place with our fresh Dutch National Champion at the start, Hans Becking. The Transmaurienne Vanoise is a very hard race where the most of the contenders is demanded with long and hard climbs and technical trails going downhill. Hans was strong all week long and managed to win the last stage of the race this weekend. “The last day there was only one climb. I really wanted to win in this stage in my new red/white/blue jersey. The trails were very technical and sometimes very hard on my hardtail. In those descends I lost some time on my main competition, the French rider Griot. But in the climbs I managed to overtake him and taking some distance. After two days of some bad luck I finally won as Dutch National Champion. I’m very happy with this result”, according to Hans. He was very satisfied with the race itself as well. “It’s a beautiful race for every mountainbiker. Riding in this part of France is what mountainbiking is about. The technical level of the trails can be extreme, but the views and fun you get back for it are unbelievable. I’ve never experienced something similar!”

 

Jetze Plat becomes World Champion Paratriathlon

After a 2nd place in 2013, a 3rd place in 2015 this Sunday Jetze Plat became world champion paratriathlon 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands! Of course Jetze was incredibly proud afterward: “Thanks for all the support! My phone almost literally explodes now, so it will probably take a while before I have had time to answer everyone. To win such a well organised event in your own country is unbelievable, I’m proud to win my first world title ever here. This was my final test before Rio, so far my season has been great!”