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Netherlands NT Season 39
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:35:53 am »
At a press conference in Papendal the KNWU (Dutch Cyclist Union) announced their new national coaches.



"First of all we like to introduce to you Angel Casero, our new U21 coach. After only a fourth place last season we decided that the U21 need something extra, so we were looking for international experience and we found that in Angel as he speaks Spanish. The fact that he was number one in last season's CFF Cup sealed the deal."



As one journalist remarked: "but he got out in the first round", the KNWU-official answered that "there might have been a slight miscommunication here, he definitely said "uno"... eh  ... let's move on to the U23. After a fourth place last season we decided that coach GMV_Cycling is just what we are looking for, so he will remain in charge there. He is well known for his time-trial training and tactics and this will give something extra to our riders."



As a well-informed radio reporter remarked that GMV_Cycling is training tour riders at the moment, the answer came confidently: "yes, we feel tour riding is very important in the national scene as well ... eh  ... okay, let's get to the national team".

"After a splendid first place last season we are glad to announce that CaptainOrange will continue in his role as ... (manual interruption by the neighbouring official) ... eh ... a general advisor to our Union. Luckily we have approached star coach Reeekse, also known as "Pigs in Space" and we are sure he will accept this prestiguous office within short ... (another official shakes his head sadly) ... eh ... well ... eh... As we feel we should give other nations a fairer chance to play a role in the international scene we have appointed ... (takes a small piece of paper from a large cup) ... eh  ... (slight frown) ... eh ... Combuijs as our new head coach. We are very glad he has accepted this charge, as he has won fourth places with both U21 and U23, which is a great result of course, and we will expect no less this time.



A tv reporter asked the slightly dazzled new head coach:  "what is your prediction for this season?", on which Combuijs answered: "Well, we will see, the wheel is round, as they say", leaving a much bewildered audience behind.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018, 06:07:50 pm »
Great opening post, Combuijs. Your posts always make me laugh. Great sense of humour, nice writing style! ;D ;D

Good luck this season :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 06:35:24 pm »
I totally agree with WiC, and also good luck this season as NT manager, Combuijs !   :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 06:44:25 pm »
That was a good read. I'll post some updates of the U23 here every once in a while.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 04:41:19 pm »
And we are off to beautiful Norway for our first international race:



We will start at the town of Hønefoss, 50 km north west of Oslo. Its name means chicken waterfall and while the waterfall is easy to spot, the chicken is not:



We will finish up the Kleivstua, which is near the village of Sundvollen, 40 km north west of Oslo. This is the view from the finish:



The scenery is stunning, as usual in Norway, and while there may be a large crowd on the top you wonder if anyone will watch the cycling itself.

The direct route is about 10 km long, but the cyclists can enjoy much more of the environment as the whole race is around 145 km.

Who will be watchers of that beautiful environment?

Eddy Oster   29   Reekse_Verkuhss   
Florian Boverhof   34   CyloN   
Jelle VanVleuten   32   Wizards   
Pascal Breukink   35   gandarias   
Jos Blok   32   Averatalm   
Wouter Stolwijk   28   Reynoldx   
Ben Goedkoop   28   Kilometervreters
Stijn Biesheuvel   23   BetisCFF
Vincent Eden   24   Kalenji   

Stijn and Vincent are in the squad to get some experience in international races. Eddy "The Eagle" Oster and I know each other from the U21, so in Eddy we trust. By the way, did you know that his manager Reeekse had a special relation with Eddy's mother then? Will ask him if that's still the case as our piglet has devoted lots of time to his team lately...

Okay, a prediction for this afternoon? Alexander Kristoff will win the European Championship race!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2018, 06:34:30 pm »
Well, lots of things went wrong yesterday.... First of all of course there was no European Champions cycling race, so Kristoff could not win that. By the way, there was a European Champions ice cycling race, but that is a different sport altogether. No surprise that three (ex-)cyclocrossers were in the top 3 positions.

More importantly the NT race in Norway went pretty wrong as well. Eddy "the eagle" Oster started too slow and did never recover to finish 30th. Oldie Florian Boverhof in a free rol managed to get some points though on place 19. Winner was Norwegian Arnold Horn, but he of course rode a home race...

1    Arnold Horn      33   0: 00"   300      RealityCyclists
2    Ivo Teearu      31   0: 04"   250      LaFieraChurretes
3    Levan Kavalerov      34   0: 04"   225      ZBT
4    Gijsbrecht Herpoel      33   0: 04"   200      AstaNunca
5    Erich Jacobsen      27   0: 09"   180      ThorBoassonArvesen
6    Juan Sebastian Trueba      34   0: 09"   160      ThorBoassonArvesen
7    Carl Haber      30   0: 11"   150      Matterhorn
8    Denis Allmendinger      31   0: 11"   140      LaFieraChurretes
9    Marcello Moser      32   0: 14"   130      KapalamaCycling
10    Roberto Utrera      30   0: 14"   120      Reekse_Verkuhss
11    Ricky Pilkjær      33   0: 19"   110      Escayo
12    George Holland      30   0: 23"   100      f1team
13    Alexander Myrland      29   0: 28"   90      Reekse_Verkuhss
14    Fred Baur      31   0: 28"   80      TeaMetal
15    Ketil Lunden      32   0: 28"   70      AstaNunca
16    Michael Palacios      31   0: 28"   60      CaptainOrange
17    Oscar Cahill      31   0: 28"   40      LaFieraChurretes
18    Stephen Jons      30   0: 28"   30      TeaMetal
19    Florian Boverhof      34   0: 28"   20      CyloN
20    Fergus Henderson      32   0: 28"   10      Rekutxu

So, are we already bottom of the class?

1º   Norway   460   20,91   0,89
2º   Germany   260   4,41   0,31
3º   Letland   250   15,63   0,64

13º   Netherlands   20   0,23   0,02

Not yet, two nations did not score.

Well, at least I know now how Feyenoord-coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst must be feeling...

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 06:58:30 pm »
You heard it here first, four CFF nations have been massacred.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2018, 10:34:21 pm »
You heard it here first, four CFF nations have been massacred.

Ahh, after counting three times there seem to be 19 countries indeed. Failed the calculus test, it seems. On the bright side, there are now even 6 nations behind us...  :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 11:54:29 am »
#WeHaveFaithInCombuijs

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2018, 11:21:52 am »
This weekend we are in the French Pyrenees for a nice climbing race. And it is quite a familiar race too, for one reason or another it returns every Tour de France:



The start is in the village of Saint Girons:



and we finish up in Loudenvielle:



where you can see the big boys from the local lake.



Those big boys are Col de Latrape, Col de la Core, Col du Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Portillon and finally the Col de Peyresourde. 



In another world this Tour de France stage was won in 2003 by big boy Gilberto Simoni, beating Laurent Dufaux and bad boy Richard Virenque.



The other big boys this sunday will be:

Walter Steverink   34   CyloN   
Ruben Harms   29   gandarias   
Merijn VanAgt   32   CaptainOrange   
Arend Duijvenstein   33   CaptainOrange   
Tibbe Telstra   32   AJFactoryCycling   
Yorick Spoor   35   STR0NK3R   
Eric Eijsink   28   makicisi
Norbert Ooijer   25   Goats
Stijn Zandstra   24   Oldboys_Club

Our national union advisor has taken up his task very seriously, so tactically nothing can go wrong! #WeHaveFaithInCaptainOrange

A prediction then for sunday? Alexander Kristoff will win the Hamburg Cyclassics!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2018, 11:48:45 am »
Not a very succesfull weekend then with Kristoff finishing 3rd in Hamburg. I apparently should have predicted Viviani. Oh well!

Not really much success at the national race too, with leader Walter Steverink finishing 9th and no points for free roles Merijn van Agt and Arend Duijvenstein.

Where did things go wrong then? Hard to say, these all-mountain races are difficult to judge. After the Col de Latrape in Seix we had an eager trainee Norbert Ooijer in the first group and a no less eager trainee Stijn Zandstra in the second group, while the rest followed in the peloton. So far so good. After the Col de la Core in Illartein we still find Ooijer and Zandstra holding on for life but now already on 49 seconds of the first group. Here Telstra, Spoor and Harms defy team orders and leave Steverink behind on 1:28 only helped by Eijsink, while van Agt and Duijvenstein are no help at all.

After the Col de Menté in St.Beat we now have a panicking Spoor and Harms who try to ride to the first group, but get stuck with Ooijer on 1:02. Eijsink and van Agt leave a struggling Steverink behind, who is left helpless with Duijvenstein. This is the key error, Steverink without support needs too much energy to stay in the race. After the Col du Portillon in Luchon, Harms and Spoor win some time back on 0:42, while Steverink finally starts his race too and can be found with Telstra on 1:03.

On the Peyresourde Steverink is still pretty fresh and he passes a lot of tired racers to finish 9th on 0:47 in Loudenvielle.

The final result:

1    Cristiano Beghelli      30   0: 00"   300      ribosoma78
2    Barry Holland      30   0: 16"   250      Matterhorn
3    Klavs Skjødt      31   0: 20"   225      escartines_neverdie
4    Gentil Loureiro      31   0: 32"   200      Reekse_Verkuhss
5    Helder Lefebvre      32   0: 40"   180      RealityCyclists
6    Peep Vosu      32   0: 40"   160      meloneros
7    Amber Cools      33   0: 41"   150      VodkaCyclingTeam
8    Áron Tömösi      33   0: 42"   140      ZBT
9    Walter Steverink      34   0: 47"   130      CyloN
10    Siegfried Clemens      30   0: 49"   120      Pitisito
11    Frédérico VanWinckel      32   0: 49"   110      AJFactoryCycling
12    Michael Capici      33   0: 52"   100      makicisi
13    Aurèlien Coste      32   0: 56"   90      RealityCyclists
14    Luca Baldassarri      29   0: 58"   80      gandarias
15    Giorgi Platonov      32   1: 00"   70      escartines_neverdie
16    Lars Huber      32   1: 02"   60      CyloN
17    Kjell Selvik      30   1: 04"   40      cyclingpro
18    Antonio Milesi      35   1: 07"   30      HtcItalia
19    Aimé Verhaeghe      31   1: 08"   20      Canes
20    Cristiano Velo      34   1: 09"   10      Zirimola

The classification after two stages?

1. Belgium   660
2. Italy   650
3. Norway   500
...
14. Netherlands   150

That means we still have 5 nations behind us, which is far better than the position of the Dutch football clubs in Europe which are before Switzerland, Slovakia, Kazachstan, Uktraine, Belarus, ... eh ... Andorra?

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2018, 11:09:11 am »
This weekend we will by cycling in Spain in memory of Ricardo Otxoa. Ricardo was killed by a car in 2001 during training with his twin Javier near Malaga.



A memorial monument has been surrected for him in Malaga. I don't know if this is it, but it is surely the place of the crash:



After this accident the Circuito de Getxo was renamed to Memorial Ricardo Otxoa:



The race is held in Getxo, a town on the sea in Basque Country. It is at the estuary of Bilbao. The famous time trialist Jonathan Castroviejo was born here. Ricardo himself was born in Barakaldo, a place on the other side of the estuary.



In 2108 the race was held on the 31st of July, winner was Alex Aranburu. In the past the race has been won by Diego Ulissi, Nacer Bouanni and Juan José Lobato. We might be inspired by knowing that John Talen, Adrie van der Poel, Mathieu Hermans and Reinier Honig (still cycling with Roompot) have won this race further back in history.

Who are going to honor Ricardo Otxoa then?

Alphons TenHoeve   33   The_Fucking_Masters   
Jakob Jans   32   Reekse_Verkuhss   
Otto Knaven   33   drulo_team   
Piet De Leeuw   33   Dunkelheit
Gerrit-Jan Nijboer   32   Averatalm   
Robert Zevenbergen   33   gracciano   
Chiel VanDerWaals   29   Reekse_Verkuhss
Hein VanDerGeest   28   arcadasteamone
Felix Huygens   25   ADOLF97

A prediction for sunday then? Alexander Kristoff will win ... eh ... oh wait, he won't be there... eh ... Peter Sagan will win the second stage of the Vuelta.
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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2018, 01:25:48 pm »
Nice preview 8), good luck !

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2018, 02:55:53 pm »
Great review!
The Otxoa brothers were my uncle's teammates. The first memory of cycling that I have is that of a youth race that ended the sprint. Ricardo had almost won the race when he suddenly stretched his hand back and took Javier's hand.They were 1 ° and 2 ° holding hands. I estimate that I would be about 5 or 6 years old, but I have it engraved in my memory. I do not know if you understand something with the translator  :-\
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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2018, 06:03:50 pm »
Nice childhood memory, cochise.  8)
And your English is perfect and easy to understand.

Bonita memoria de infancia.
Y tu inglés es perfecto y fácil de entender.
  :)