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Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:24:21 am »
For all the international followers of the Dutch National team, I decided to move the few comments I make about the results in the national races to the international part of the forum.

We have a roster of cyclists that are slowly getting too old to do really well, but hopefully we can still do ok this season. It looks like it will be only a matter of time until the Netherlands slowly go down to be part of the "small" nations in CFF again.

In the first two races we got one decent and one good result. In the Hill-race we achieved results that were a good reflection of the strength of our squad (#8 and #19). In the mountain stage our leader Steverink got a very good second spot on the podium and good-old Yorick Spoor was lucky #13. These results bring us to a #2 spot in the overall rankings so far, but a lot of teams are still close together.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 12:51:03 pm »
Good luck!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 10:12:03 am »
Stage #3 this season was a flat sprint stage. We decided to gamble on an uneventful race that would end in a mass sprint finish. This worked out ok with another second place at the finish, this time for our leader Alphons TenHoeve, who normally prefers a few small hills in his races. Domestiques Paauwe and VanMuyen also scored some points, which means we are now in the lead in the overall ranking.

Again there was a mixture of good and bad luck in the race. Bad luck for Robert Zevenbergen who was our Free Role for the day but who could never get back to the front after a puncture in section 2. Good luck because 4 of our 5 best riders had an active weather event helping them.

Next race a Time Trial, let's see how our luck is in the Chrono party  :D

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 12:43:04 pm »
Thanks for the report and well done with the sprint stage  :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2018, 01:43:29 pm »
So last week we did ok in the TT (but we did see France getting close with their great group of flat-TT-specialists). This week we had the E3-Harelbeke to ride and again the French looked like a formidable opponent, with the mighty Jean Perret amongst them.

Without any gold cobble/hiller our only choice was to make use of our big number of riders that were close together in strength (and the luck of 3 good weather bonuses and 1 double bonus), so we decided to try and force something in the first section. Our leader Maarten Heitinga rode with a 11235 strategy, but quite a few of his domestiques started aggressive. This worked quite ok, because we had our 9 riders in the lead group of 60. Section 2 and 3 we aimed for saving some energy without really losing contact and that also worked amazingly well. The Australians did make it a tough ride in S3, but it looked like the final push from one of the domestiques, so we let them go a little bit.

Niles Judd was still going for it to try and bring home an Aussie victory in S4, but we were positioned nicely with 2 guys controlling his escape just 4 seconds behind and our leader in the next group with another domestique only 9 seconds from the lead. Heitinga then had enough strength left to jump over the riders still in front of them to bring home a nice victory, just ahead of Jean Perret who didn't have the luxury of some help in S4. Three of our domestiques ended up between 10th and 16th spot for some extra points, so after this stage we increase our lead over France to 235 points.

Next week the Leeds Classic, let's hope we can again achieve a solid result.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2018, 09:14:39 pm »
No great results in the last couple of races, but also no disasters. We steadily scored some points here and there and with a final total 3035 we comfortably beat the Swiss for the title!  8) ;D

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2018, 08:56:04 am »
Great job Ricoo! Congratz!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2018, 10:33:54 am »
I always find it amazing that Spain & Italy isn't always taking out the titles (with the sheer volume of cyclists & active teams they have).
Btw: Australia may have originally been called New Holland, however, I'd like to call the Netherlands, Old Australia  :P

Well done Ricoo.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2018, 11:35:09 am »
Congrats Ricoo!!  :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2018, 01:38:57 pm »
Well done Ricoo, amazing performance, congratz !  8)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2018, 01:39:05 pm »
Well done, Ricoo, never easy to win the international title!

Holland -> New Holland -> Australia
Zeeland -> New Zealand

so where is New Brabant?

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 38: "Oranje Boven!"
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2018, 06:34:32 pm »
Steady season Ricoo, well done. The U23 came 4th, 2 places better than the U21 2 season ago. Als a 2nd place in the riders ranking for Jorrit Maas.