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Let's see if I can pull a fast one on the others from my 'lower level' Wink
Ardennes Week

La Fleche Wallone

Race 2 of Ardennes week. The climb up the legendary Mur de Huy awaited us at the finish!


I was assigned the free role once again with Ania leading and top favourite for the win. The five man break was allowed to get away to a 5 minutes advantage. The pack started chasing and caught two of them with 25 km to go. Duteil and Oomen attacked. With 15 km to go, Oomen was with one of the surviving break riders in front, with another rider 30 seconds behind, Duteil another 10 seconds behind and the break of 45, including me, chasing them all, 55" behind the Oomen duo. Duteil and the trailing break rider were caight with 12 km to go. Everyone was caugth with 6 km to go. The peloton was down to 25 riders on the approach to the Mur. I attacked at the base of the Mur, with 1.5 km to go. No one else got away from the pack and I soloed to victory. My first ever World Tour classic win, and that too at the Ardennes!


Yes, come on!

Great victory.
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Ardennes Week

Liege - Bastogne - Liege

After the surprising win at La Fleche Wallone, I was fired up to get a good result in this race. That would be the perfect way to end this already successful week. I haven't done well in this race in the past, in the three editions that I've participated. I was hoping to improve that record too.


I was in a free role again with Ania as leader and the top favpurite fpor the win, again. The break of the day was a solo rider, who was allowed a gap of seven minutes. The pack split with the pace of the chase with 130 km to go but came back together 20 km later. I got dropped from the peloton with 35 km to go, mostly because I had slipped too far back in the pack. I got back to the group with 25 km to go. The attacks among the favourites started with 18 km left. I found myself in the fourth group on the road inside the last 15 km. And that's pretty much how it remained till the end. The groups in front splintered, with Alaphilippe beating Simon Yates in a two-way sprint at the finish. I finished 13th, coming third in the sprint for eleventh in our group.

1Julian AlaphilippeGazprom6h45'38
2Simon YatesSwissairs.t.
3Matej MohoricMTN-Qhubeka+ 1'11
4Robert PowerFly Emiratess.t.
5Fabio AruGazproms.t.
6Sam OomenSwissair+ 1'39
7Arnaud DuteilContinental+ 2'28
8Michał PalutaDe Koninck+ 2'43
9Scott AmbroseMTN-Qhubeka+ 2'55
10Rui CostaDe Konincks.t.

11Jay McCarthyFly Emirates+ 3'05
12Tim WellensDe Konincks.t.
13Abhishek SinhaBonsucros.t.
14Moreno MoserTEAM Cepsas.t.
15Peter SaganSwissairs.t.
16Michał KwiatkowskiGazprom+ 3'33
17Miguel Angel LopezSwissair+ 3'56
18Wilco KeldermanGazproms.t.
19Miguel Manuel CíaColruyts.t.
20Sébastien EngelOrange+ 5'44
21Kenny ElissondeLacostes.t.
22Michael ValgrenSwissairs.t.
23Lilian CalmejaneMTN-Qhubekas.t.
24Milton WallopMTN-Qhubekas.t.
25Rafał MajkaMTN-Qhubeka+ 6'02
26Jan PolancOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
27Gracjan GregorekOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
28Odd Christian EikingFly Emiratess.t.
29Dries Van GestelBonsucros.t.
30Warren BarguilBonsucros.t.
31Baptista MendezMetinvests.t.
32Tony GallopinGazproms.t.
33Jacques MevelLacostes.t.
34Thibaut PinotGazproms.t.
35Mathieu van der PoelSwissairs.t.
36Romain BardetGazproms.t.
37Sven-Jörg AustContinentals.t.
38Björn ThurauContinental+ 8'11
39Benjamin BrkicTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
40Ulf HausweilerSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
41Arvydas KartchemarskasTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
42Avelino BraguêsTeam Europcars.t.
43Anastasio AniaBonsucros.t.
44José RamellaTEAM Cepsas.t.
45Eddie DunbarGatorades.t.
46Bart De ClercqDe Konincks.t.
47Dylan TeunsDe Konincks.t.
48Tom DumoulinGazproms.t.
49Paul BosveltContinentals.t.
50Tim DeclercqDe Koninck+ 8'49
51William BartaDe Konincks.t.
52Sebastian HenaoQantas+ 9'12
53Lawson CraddockMTN-Qhubeka+ 10'14
54Louis VervaekeTeam Europcars.t.
55Mario PastorOranges.t.
56Burkhardt GraceTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 10'29
57Dayer QuintanaBasler Zeitungs.t.
58Ian BoswellFly Emiratess.t.
59Andy AtkinsonOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
60Gavin MannionTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
61Patxi VerdeMTN-Qhubekas.t.
62Maxime Le LavandierTeam Europcars.t.
63Simone PetilliGatorades.t.
64Adrien CostaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
65Mikel LandaGatorades.t.
66Alfredo BalloniGatorades.t.
67Sérgio HenaoSwissairs.t.
68Tommy McCooshBoyacas.t.
69David BoilyTeam Europcars.t.
70Diego RosaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
71Tom SlagterContinentals.t.
72Oliver KarjalainenQantass.t.
73Floris GertsPhilipss.t.
74Esteban ChavesTEAM Cepsas.t.
75Lachlan MortonFly Emiratess.t.
76Rob LeemansColruyts.t.
77Jon Carlos CerezoTEAM Cepsas.t.
78Tejay Van GarderenBonsucros.t.
79Grégory AmbroiseContinentals.t.
80Nathan HaasQantas+ 12'19
81Thomas SprengersDe Konincks.t.
82Josh BerryQantas+ 12'34
83Quentin PacherOranges.t.
84Gervais HardouinGatorades.t.
85Andrea ManfrediMetinvests.t.
86Carlos VeronaTEAM Cepsas.t.
87Steven KruijswijkFly Emiratess.t.
88Filadelfio SorianoGatorades.t.
89Takero TerasakiMetinvests.t.
90Gregely VarroMetinvests.t.
91Albano PlateroOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
92Rigoberto UránTeam Europcars.t.
93Lorenzo RotaGatorades.t.
94Jeffrey PerrinTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
95Edvald Boasson HagenVérandas Willemss.t.
96Lennard KämnaTEAM Cepsas.t.
97Manuel Antunes AmaroIberdrolas.t.
98Thomas BonninTeam Europcars.t.
99Christopher MosqueraBoyaca+ 14'30
100Giovanni PedrettiBoyacas.t.
101Daniel Felipe MartinezTEAM Cepsas.t.
102Davide AmackerTrek Factory Racings.t.
103Kristian AasvoldTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
104Sohol OppligerTrek Factory Racings.t.
105Jonas RappPhilipss.t.
106Calvin BenekeSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
107Andrew PardewColruyts.t.
108Peter KennaughFly Emiratess.t.
109Florent DelfosseBonsucros.t.
110Remy JanotSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
111Franz NentwichSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
112Thetis GianopulosTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
113Hugo HouleColruyts.t.
114Alberto GallegoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
115Kristijan DurasekBasler Zeitungs.t.
116João SilvaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
117Bert-Jan LindemanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
118Konrad PisterContinentals.t.
119Adam YatesSwissairs.t.
120Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
121Rok OslajPhilipss.t.
122Roy JansOranges.t.
123Flávio CiprianoBoyacas.t.
124Dejan KokotTeam Europcars.t.
125Eugene KemperTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
126Tim BanksQantass.t.
127Terence DejeanTeam Europcars.t.
128Maxime RouletBasler Zeitungs.t.
129José Agustín Martínez TorrénSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
130Yamato ShirotaOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
131Matvei MamykinQantass.t.
132Malte HoersenContinentals.t.
133Bernard ThielBasler Zeitungs.t.
134Gustavo Enrique CarrilloMetinvests.t.
135Adolfo GarfagniniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 16'19
136Tao ZhouSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
137Marc SolerTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
138Thijs van BeusichemPhilipss.t.
139Fabio DuarteBasler Zeitungs.t.
140Hernán AguirreBoyacas.t.
141Awazbek GeorgievVérandas Willemss.t.
142Clark BrownFly Emiratess.t.
143Kenneth Van RooyOranges.t.
144Frank KaremakerMetinvests.t.
145Eduard BeltranOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
146Jesús Del PinoLacostes.t.
147Franco LeonBoyaca+ 18'03
148Leonardo PajueloBasler Zeitungs.t.
149Edward DiazBoyacas.t.
150Jurgen van DiemenPhilipss.t.
151Lander BalenceguiTEAM Cepsas.t.
152Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
153Oliverio AliagaMetinvests.t.
154Rubén PolsMetinvests.t.
155Derk Abel BeckeringhPhilipss.t.
156Pierre NaudinLacostes.t.
157Sebastian WilkinsonSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
158Genaro CañadasIberdrolas.t.
159Frederik PlesnerLacostes.t.
160Jelle WallaysTrek Factory Racings.t.
161Hyeoung Min ChoeQantass.t.
162Omar FraileIberdrolas.t.
163Pierre GouaultVérandas Willemss.t.
164Marcos GarcíaIberdrolas.t.
165Romain HardyOranges.t.
166Tim MerlierIberdrolas.t.
167David BjørklundGatorades.t.
168Shiki KuroedaBasler Zeitungs.t.
169Yannick PeetersTrek Factory Racing+ 20'35
170Gertjan De VosColruyts.t.
171Constantino CampuzanoLacostes.t.
172Juan Carlos Orueta IbarrolaIberdrolas.t.
173Arthur PerrierLacostes.t.
174Milan VeltmanPhilipss.t.
175Bat BatkhuyagTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
176Loïc ChetoutOrange+ 22'31
177Alexandr PopkovVérandas Willemss.t.
178Aurélien Paret-PeintreBonsucro+ 23'49
179Geoffrey CurranTrek Factory Racings.t.
180Jabulani KhuneBasler Zeitungs.t.
181Robert PölderVérandas Willemss.t.
182Gad AzoulayIberdrola+ 24'45
183Gervais LarrieuMTN-Qhubekas.t.
184Markus FreibergerIberdrolas.t.
185Charles HerbertOranges.t.
186Ron AalbersPhilips+ 26'17
187Ilya DavidenokVérandas Willemss.t.
188Emil MuraColruyts.t.
189Stanley GalliotTrek Factory Racings.t.
190Alexander IvanovBoyacas.t.
191Bertrand PradelLacoste+ 27'05
192Jeremy LorantVérandas Willems+ 29'02
193Julien KaiseColruyts.t.
194Kevin PeetersTrek Factory Racings.t.
195Joseph RoemerBonsucros.t.
196Frederik FrisonQantas+ 29'42
197Banga MasakadzaVérandas Willems+ 29'53
198Massimo VanderaerdenColruyt+ 30'33
199Arthur van OverbergheTrek Factory Racings.t.

To be honest, Ardennes week hasn't been bad at all. A top 20, a top 15 and a win! My best ever performance in this part of the calendar! Maybe I should've been coming here regularly in the past.
After your win in FV, 13th doesn't look like a great result, but overall the Ardennes Week has been quite succesfull for you Grin
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Yes it has been. A nice confidence boost for sure. Now a bit of a break before Dauphine. Time to enjoy the Giro and see how Formolo goes there Grin
Great win on the Mur de Huy! In LBL you just have to dig deep and stay with the front group, everybody's suffering. Probably impossible to beat Alaphilippe and Yates in any case.
Thanks Grin.

Haven't quite cracked the code for LBL yet, although this is my best result yet. So hopefully, it gets better in the future!
I was on a self-imposed exile from this story for the past couple of weeks. Now I'm back Grin


The month of May was very good for us. Formolo finished 3rd in the Giro in a competitive field. I was back on the bike for races in June with the Dauphine as my preparation for the Tour.

Criterium Dauphine

We had a strong team lining up at the Dauphine with Barguil, Ania and Phinney among the starters.

I was one of the favourites for the Stage 1 Prologue along with Phinney. I was 1 second down on the fastest time at the first time check. I improved to beat the best time by 4 seconds at the finish. I held on till the end and won the stage by mere miliseconds. I would be the GC leader overnight!


Stage 2 was one for the sprinters. I enjoyed my day in the Yellow Jersey.


The four man break was caught 5 km from the line. I finished in the pack but lost the GC lead on countback!

Stage 3 had a similar profile to the previous one. Another four man break was caught just 3 km from the line this time. A bunch sprint decided the stage.

Stage 4 was another ITT! I was among the favourites again, along with Phinney. I was fastest through the first split but kept losing time in the next two sectors. I was 2nd after the second time check, 10 seconds down. I ended up 3rd, 43" slower than stage winner Ibanez, who also took the lead in the GC.

I was one of the favourites on Stage 5. The break was caught with 20 km to go, just before the second intermediate sprint point. I could not follow the decisive move, whereas [b]Barguil[/b] did. He would finish 6th on the stage while I managed 9th. I dropped to 5th in the GC.

Hermanski joined the break on Stage 6. They were caught on the second climb. The peloton was down to 60 riders after the fourth climb. Two riders attacked on the fifth climb but were caught. Power attacked on the last climb. I followed the move along with three others but couldn't catch up to him. I attacked again 1 km from the top of the climb, distancing the others in my group. I was 15 seconds behind Power at the top, with the next group 20 seconds behind. I was caught by the group behind 5 km from the finish. Power went on to win the stage while we were caught on the line by the pack.

Stage 7 saw Hermanski join a ten man break who pulled a thirteen minute lead. The break was down to 7 riders on the fourth climb. Hermanski was back in the pack. Barguil and two others attacked 8 km from the top of the climb. Nairo Quintana and Power were the next to attack, 5 km from the summit. Barguil was back in the pack soon after but the Nairo and Power were not caught. The break won and the latter duo gained some time in the GC.

Ania, Barguil and I were all among the favourites for the Stage 8. The break consisted of four riders. Quintana was involved in a crash but he recovered. The peloton was down to 60 riders at the top of the fourth climb. One rider from the break was caught on the next climb. Two riders attacked from the rbeak, but they weren't of any danger to the GC. One of them was caught on the seventh climb. Everyone in the break was caught on the eighth climb. One rider attacked. The pack was down to 30 riders. I attacked 2 km from the summit of the last climb. Vuillermoz, Polanc and Ambroise followed. Nairo was chasing and caught us at the top of the climb. Ibanez and Power were in the next group on the group. 21 " behind. We were caught by the pack before the finish. I sprinted to 6th with Barguil 8th. There was no change in the GC.

General Classification

1Gregorio IbañezSwissair27h01'10
2Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 10
3Robert PowerFly Emirates+ 53
4Grégory AmbroiseContinental+ 1'49
5Abhishek SinhaBonsucro+ 3'28
6Lawson CraddockMTN-Qhubeka+ 4'26
7Simon RaffinOrange+ 6'11
8Jan PolancOrica-GreenEDGE+ 6'35
9Warren BarguilBonsucro+ 7'19
10Romain BardetGazprom+ 7'55

11José RamellaTEAM Cepsa+ 9'44
12Victor LafayContinental+ 9'58
13Andrew TalanskySwissair+ 10'21
14Alexis VuillermozSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 10'48
15Antoine LavieuOrange+ 11'02
16Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGE+ 11'17
17Tony GallopinGazprom+ 12'59
18Eduard BeltranOrica-GreenEDGE+ 13'22
19Rafał MajkaMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'13
20Calvin BenekeSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 17'28
21George PreidlerMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'32
22Arnaud DuteilContinental+ 19'14
23Ion IzagirreGazprom+ 19'23
24Ulf HausweilerSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 19'47
25Jesús HerradaGazprom+ 19'57
26Mattia CattaneoGatorade+ 20'17
27Remy JanotSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 20'58
28Gennadiy TatarinovMTN-Qhubeka+ 21'21
29Chris MortierOrange+ 22'59
30Matej MohoricMTN-Qhubeka+ 24'50
31Burkhardt GraceTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 24'59
32Alexis GuerinTEAM Netia+ 25'17
33Marcel HeitzTEAM Cepsa+ 26'42
34David PerLyonnaise des Eaux+ 26'48
35Gracjan GregorekOrica-GreenEDGE+ 27'01
36Tim WellensDe Koninck+ 27'02
37Anastasio AniaBonsucro+ 28'48
38Davide VillellaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 29'03
39Rafaël Le BretonSwissair+ 33'13
40Alexey LutsenkoGatorade+ 34'19
41Vladislav GorbunovGatorade+ 34'37
42Jean-Pierre DesertAlcatel+ 35'37
43Alexandre GeniezSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 35'55
44Aleksandar ReebLyonnaise des Eaux+ 36'01
45Gérald CheryTEAM Netia+ 36'43
46Franz NentwichSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 37'22
47Daudi AkintolaAlcatel+ 37'51
48Kokayi ChatarFly Emirates+ 38'49
49Gervais LarrieuMTN-Qhubeka+ 41'35
50Thomas BonninTeam Europcar+ 42'34
51Clark BrownFly Emirates+ 43'18
52Laydu BernardinoTrek Factory Racing+ 43'58
53Mikel IturriaTEAM Cepsa+ 44'03
54Sven-Jörg AustContinental+ 44'55
55Jeffrey PerrinTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 46'16
56Unai IntziarteTEAM Cepsa+ 48'10
57Philip O'DonnellSwissair+ 48'53
58Bautista GallegoERDF+ 49'12
59Mitchell Lovelock-FayOrica-GreenEDGE+ 49'54
60Raymond BourhisAlcatel+ 49'59
61Serge BeaufortOrica-GreenEDGE+ 50'12
62Jon Carlos CerezoTEAM Cepsa+ 51'05
63Pello BilbaoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 52'10
64Meik HermanskiBonsucro+ 52'59
65Cyril GautierBonsucro+ 53'36
66Marlon GaillardOrange+ 53'49
67Jan TratnikAlcatel+ 54'16
68Tim DeclercqDe Koninck+ 54'57
69Thomas SprengersDe Koninck+ 54'58
70Quentin PacherOrange+ 55'53
71Ivar SlikContinental+ 56'45
72Victor CampenaertsDe Koninck+ 57'33
73Dominik NerzSwissair+ 58'51
74Marco TecchioTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 59'24
75Dimitriy LukyanovGatorade+ 59'52
76Kevin LedanoisTEAM Netia+ 1h01'31
77Jure CelofigaTeam Europcar+ 1h01'55
78Luca WackermannGatorade+ 1h03'34
79Luca SterbiniGatorade+ 1h03'45
80Théo VimpereLacoste+ 1h05'14
81Vyacheslav KuznetsovGazprom+ 1h05'28
82Antoine AzemaTEAM Netia+ 1h05'47
83Paweł FranczakLyonnaise des Eaux+ 1h05'55
84Andrey LukoninGazprom+ 1h06'01
85Ryan SuttonFly Emirates+ 1h06'11
86Idalécio Ferreira SousaGazprom+ 1h06'13
87Yannick PeetersTrek Factory Racing+ 1h08'13
88Kenneth VanbilsenDe Koninck+ 1h08'42
89Kristoffer SkjerpingLyonnaise des Eaux+ 1h08'59
90Sven Erik BystrømTrek Factory Racing+ 1h09'41
91Maxat AyazbayevGatorade+ 1h09'46
92Moreno HoflandGazprom+ 1h09'50
93Arnau SoleTEAM Cepsa+ 1h10'32
94Harris QuispelERDF+ 1h13'27
95Gert-Jan BosmanPhilips+ 1h13'28
96Benjamin ZimmermannDe Koninck+ 1h13'41
97Sylvester LaineERDF+ 1h13'52
98Ernesto CeladaTeam Europcar+ 1h14'42
99Sonny ColbrelliFly Emirates+ 1h15'04
100Michael KolarTeam Europcar+ 1h15'34
101Guillaume ThevenotOrange+ 1h16'23
102Florian MaîtreTeam Europcar+ 1h16'35
103Barry MarkusPhilips+ 1h16'41
104Dawid DziubinskiERDF+ 1h17'30
105Chande DangerFly Emirates+ 1h17'46
106Iltjan NikaAlcatel+ 1h18'38
107Christophe LaporteSwissair+ 1h19'22
108Mario GonzálezTEAM Cepsa+ 1h19'40
109Jakob RatheTrek Factory Racing+ 1h19'43
110Antoine LeplingardTEAM Netias.t.
111Dylan GroenewegenMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h19'51
112Arnauld CottonLacoste+ 1h20'08
113Timo RoosenPhilips+ 1h21'09
114Alessio TalianiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h21'26
115Terence DejeanTeam Europcar+ 1h21'57
116Jaap De ManPhilips+ 1h22'26
117Mike TeunissenContinental+ 1h22'33
118Taylor PhinneyBonsucro+ 1h23'39
119Rudolph AdamERDF+ 1h24'13
120Garikoitz BravoTEAM Cepsa+ 1h24'53
121Adrien PetitTeam Europcar+ 1h25'06
122Logan OwenLyonnaise des Eaux+ 1h26'56
123Simon SellierOrange+ 1h27'58
124Jimmy DuquennoyBonsucro+ 1h29'03
125Jurgen van DiemenPhilips+ 1h29'14
126Benjamin ThomasTEAM Netia+ 1h29'19
127Alex ClementsOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h29'34
128Aimé MoroAlcatel+ 1h30'44
129Gérard JacobyTrek Factory Racing+ 1h33'10
130Benoît CosnefroyLacostes.t.
130Inaxio ArcegaFly Emirates+ 1h33'19
131Emil VinjeboLyonnaise des Eaux+ 1h33'20
132Tosh Van der SandeDe Koninck+ 1h34'11
133Bryan NauleauLacoste+ 1h34'50
134Lukas SpenglerSwissair+ 1h35'06
135Kirk WoodcockFly Emirates+ 1h35'11
136Luis TixierAlcatel+ 1h35'13
137Damien GaudinContinental+ 1h37'03
138Aymeric CailleTEAM Netia+ 1h37'56
139Justin OienTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h39'16
140Phillippe PeroneTrek Factory Racing+ 1h39'23
141Oleg SavchenkoMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h40'29
142Flavien DassonvilleLacoste+ 1h41'05
143Jon BozicERDF+ 1h41'24
144Emanuele MiolaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h42'23
145Nicolas MertzLacoste+ 1h43'12
146Anthony RouxOrange+ 1h44'00
147Lucas LissPhilips+ 1h44'35
148Mats BoevePhilips+ 1h45'58
149Aurélien ConteTeam Europcar+ 1h48'25
150Ersilio OliverioGatorade+ 1h49'23
151Bryan AlaphilippeLyonnaise des Eaux+ 1h52'48
152Daniel OssTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h54'19
153Dennis Van WindenERDF+ 1h59'02
154Michael FreibergOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h02'05
155Arthur van OverbergheTrek Factory Racing+ 2h07'28
156David CherbonnetTEAM Netia+ 2h08'27
157Dabid LightbodyTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2h10'18
158Colbert MorisseauLacoste+ 2h12'57
159Olivier NaesenTrek Factory Racing+ 2h12'59
160Kévin ChevalBonsucro+ 2h13'07
161Jordi TalenPhilips+ 2h13'40
162Yves EstradeERDF+ 2h17'37
163Vadim GaleyevAlcatel+ 2h39'42

Points Classification

1Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck78
2Robert PowerFly Emirates65
3Gregorio IbañezSwissair61
4Abhishek SinhaBonsucro55
5Lawson CraddockMTN-Qhubeka50

Mountain Classification

1José RamellaTEAM Cepsa83
2Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGE59
3Jean-Pierre DesertAlcatel58
4George PreidlerMTN-Qhubeka54
5Chris MortierOrange47

Team Classification

2Continental+ 33
3MTN-Qhubeka+ 47
4Gazprom+ 5'16
5Swissair+ 10'09

A Top5 + a stage win isn't a bad result at all. Now onto Le Tour to finally get a great result there Smile
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Thanks Smile. A small matter of the NCs before I head off to the Tour but they aren't a priority this year. Also, I do have a podium at the Tour but the aim is to improve that Grin
National Championships

This time of the year last year was incredible. In my first year participating in the Dutch national championships, I won the Road Race! I'd never imagined switching nationalities would turn out like this. I haven't put much emphasis on these races this year, but I think my form is good enough to again be competitive.

Individual Time Trial


My performance in the time trial last was quite disappointing. Having already won two ITTs this season, I was sure of a much better result. I was the second top favourite after Dumoulin. I was not feeling very well but I gave it my all on the road. I ended up meeting the expectations of the bookies - 2nd place at the finish, 24 seconds slower than Dumoulin. A huge improvement from last year.

1Tom DumoulinGazprom46'40
2Abhishek SinhaBonsucro+ 24
3Wilco KeldermanGazprom+ 27
4Sam OomenSwissair+ 33
5Paolo RoquesSwissair+ 44
6Timo RoosenPhilips+ 46
7Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 47
8Dylan van BaarleSwissair+ 51
9Ivar SlikContinental+ 56
10Mathieu van der PoelSwissair+ 1'04

11Georges NijhuisTeam Europcar+ 1'10
12Paul BosveltContinental+ 1'17
13Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Europcar+ 1'22
14Jasper LindenberghFly Emirates+ 1'29
15Floris GertsPhilipss.t.
16Mike TeunissenContinental+ 1'32
17Danny Van PoppelContinental+ 1'33
18Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1'39
19Tim RodenburgTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'46
20Cees BolUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 1'48
21Elmar ReindersCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1'49
22Steven KruijswijkFly Emirates+ 1'50
23Lennard HofstedeUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 1'52
24Gert-Jan TahyaPhilips+ 1'56
25Martijn TusveldNew Zealand+ 1'58
26William DerksContinental+ 2'02
27Stef LarossiSEG Racing+ 2'10
28Milan VeltmanPhilips+ 2'18
29Arturo MensahTEAM ASN Bank+ 2'26
30Bas TietemaContinentals.t.
31Niels GoereeJLT Condor+ 2'28
32Ruud CremersTEAM LukOil+ 2'30
33Dean Van StaaParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 2'38
34Eelco DoelemanTEAM LukOil+ 2'42
35Nordin KrijgsmanBasler Zeitung+ 2'43
36Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 2'51
37Carlos GenesteDe Jonge Renner+ 2'54
38Yoeri HavikBasler Zeitung+ 3'01
39Jesper SchipperLa Bota+ 3'06
40Robin AandewielParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'09
41Moreno HoflandGazprom+ 3'10
42Julius van den BergPhilips+ 3'11
43Arvid De KleijnUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 3'15
44Serge HienschNew Zealand+ 3'16
45Hartthijs De VriesSEG Racing+ 3'17
46Jochem HoekstraSEG Racing+ 3'24
47Dylan GroenewegenMTN-Qhubeka+ 3'31
48Barry MarkusPhilips+ 3'37
49Jan Willem van LanenParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'45
50Alje JoordensParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 3'51
51Nick Van Der MeerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 3'54
52Jesper AsselmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 4'02
53Stephan BakkerParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 4'07
54Adriaan JanssenParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 4'15
55Etienne Van EmpelWilly Naessens+ 4'17
56Mats BoevePhilips+ 4'20
57Dirk Jan RijsbergenJLT Condor+ 4'27
58Rick OttemaSEG Racing+ 4'33
59Marc GoosNAB+ 4'40
60Toine KolijnContinental+ 4'45
61Lars Van Der HaarTeam Europcar+ 4'47
62Patrick Van Der DuinDe Jonge Renner+ 4'49
63Jurgen van DiemenPhilips+ 4'52
64Randy HofmanDe Jonge Renner+ 4'53
65Maurits LammertinkCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 4'54
66Joey Van RheeSEG Racing+ 4'59
67Frank KaremakerMetinvest+ 5'00
68Coen VermeltfoortParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 5'05
69Davy GunstTEAM ASN Bank+ 5'12
70Max EijkelkampSEG Racing+ 5'18
71André LooijMTN-Qhubeka+ 5'22
72Jan MaasContinental+ 5'24
73Ernest FerrierDe Jonge Renner+ 5'26
74Jasper HamelinkNAB+ 5'30
75Regillio BorojevicUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 5'31
76Jarno GmelichDe Jonge Renner+ 5'40
77Timon Van ReekTEAM ASN Bank+ 5'49
78Han MonkouNoordlease+ 5'58
79Justin ElliotDe Jonge Renner+ 6'06
80Mitchell CornelisseTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'14
81Willem PletUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 6'18
82Dolf BerghahnTEAM ASN Bank+ 6'20
83Lars BoomTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'23
84Gert de KeijzerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
85Melvin BoskampParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 6'30
86Daan MeijersWilly Naessens+ 6'38
87Arthur BruurmijnNoordlease+ 6'46
88Bert-Jan LindemanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'52
89Frans RongenNoordlease+ 7'00
90Mark SchreursWilly Naessenss.t.
91Rudy LaamersTEAM ASN Bank+ 7'07
92Alpha van de BergMetinvests.t.
93Wouter WippertOrica-GreenEDGE+ 7'09
94Bobby ReizigerDe Jonge Renner+ 7'14
95Revy AmhaouchSwissair+ 7'22
96Jeroen KorstenNoordlease+ 7'25
97Chris CorneliaLa Bota+ 7'32
98Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 7'35
99Ernie SmuldersLa Bota+ 7'38
100Oscar TuinstraSEG Racing+ 7'43
101Alpha TahyaSEG Racing+ 7'44
102Aldo OoijerNoordlease+ 7'51
103Ilja SantingLa Bota+ 7'56
104Gino VierhoutenUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 8'01
105Nino HonighJLT Condor+ 8'02
106Brian Van GoethemDe Jonge Renner+ 8'09
107Peter KoningLa Bota+ 8'12
108Marco MinnaardTEAM ASN Bank+ 8'13
109Johim AriesenLa Bota+ 8'20
110Diederik van PraagTEAM ASN Bank+ 8'25
111Huib BakLa Bota+ 8'30
112Kobus HereijgersNoordlease+ 8'39
113Fahd BrunswijkLa Bota+ 8'41
114Rico ReekersNew Zealand+ 8'45
115Daniel GaljéNoordlease+ 8'51
116Glenn KemperTEAM LukOil+ 8'54
117Rune van der MeijdenNoordlease+ 8'56

National Championships

Road Race


I started this race wearing the National Champions jersey which I have worn proudly for the past year. The day's break was caught with just a couple of kilometers to go. I did not have good positioning to try a similar attack as last year. I missed the winning move and finished with the first cashing group behind two riders. I ended up 12th, handing over my Jersey to the new Dutch National Champion Mathieu van der Poel.

1Mathieu van der PoelSwissair4h41'33
2Wilco KeldermanGazprom+ 16
3Tom DumoulinGazprom+ 34
4Floris GertsPhilipss.t.
5Sjoerd Van GinnekenPhilipss.t.
6Ricky TimmerContinentals.t.
7Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
8Elden BoatengTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
9Tom SlagterContinentals.t.
10Paul BosveltContinentals.t.

11Sam OomenSwissairs.t.
12Abhishek SinhaBonsucros.t.
13Eelco DoelemanTEAM LukOils.t.
14Steven KruijswijkFly Emiratess.t.
15Danny Van PoppelContinental+ 49
16Barry MarkusPhilipss.t.
17Ivar SlikContinentals.t.
18Jesper AsselmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
19Stef LarossiSEG Racings.t.
20Georges NijhuisTeam Europcars.t.
21Jelle HernandezOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
22Frans RongenNoordleases.t.
23Dirk Jan RijsbergenJLT Condors.t.
24Serge HienschNew Zealands.t.
25Yoeri HavikBasler Zeitung+ 1'07
26Dylan GroenewegenMTN-Qhubekas.t.
27Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Europcars.t.
28Dolf BerghahnTEAM ASN Banks.t.
29Nick Van Der MeerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
30Robin AandewielParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
31Max EijkelkampSEG Racings.t.
32Thomas HooglandPhilipss.t.
33Timo RoosenPhilipss.t.
34Hartthijs De VriesSEG Racings.t.
35Carlos GenesteDe Jonge Renners.t.
36Moreno HoflandGazprom+ 1'21
37Nordin KrijgsmanBasler Zeitungs.t.
38Mike TeunissenContinentals.t.
39Lars Van Der HaarTeam Europcars.t.
40Pim LigthartContinentals.t.
41Jasper OckeloenPhilipss.t.
42Gert-Jan TahyaPhilipss.t.
43Rick OttemaSEG Racings.t.
44Paolo RoquesSwissairs.t.
45Michael VingerlingTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1'36
46Jan MaasContinentals.t.
47Jesper SchipperLa Botas.t.
48Marc GoosNABs.t.
49Jochem HoekstraSEG Racings.t.
50Pearl Van EijsParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
51Patrick Van Der DuinDe Jonge Renner+ 1'58
52Niels GoereeJLT Condor+ 3'33
53Elmar ReindersCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
54Dylan van BaarleSwissairs.t.
55Misha Van De MijePhilipss.t.
56Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
57Eugene KemperTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
58Dean Van StaaParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
59Lennard HofstedeUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 3'48
60Jeroen MeijersParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
61Maurits LammertinkCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
62Etienne Van EmpelWilly Naessenss.t.
63Davy GunstTEAM ASN Bank+ 4'07
64Cees BolUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
65Jasper HamelinkNABs.t.
66Geert Van Der WeijstUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 4'21
67Revy AmhaouchSwissairs.t.
68Coen VermeltfoortParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
69Mark SchreursWilly Naessenss.t.
70Alpha van de BergMetinvests.t.
71André LooijMTN-Qhubeka+ 7'26
72Wouter WippertOrica-GreenEDGE+ 7'46
73Martijn TusveldNew Zealands.t.
74Arturo MensahTEAM ASN Bank+ 7'59
75Jasper LindenberghFly Emiratess.t.
76Bobby ReizigerDe Jonge Renner+ 8'14
77Nino HonighJLT Condors.t.
78Ernest FerrierDe Jonge Renners.t.
79Huib BakLa Bota+ 8'35
80Justin ElliotDe Jonge Renners.t.
81Mike TerpstraLa Botas.t.
82Adriaan JanssenParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team+ 10'03
83Jarno GmelichDe Jonge Renners.t.
84Gino VierhoutenUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 10'20
85Jelle WolsinkParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
86Regillio BorojevicUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
87Frank KaremakerMetinvests.t.
88Bert-Jan LindemanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
89Alje JoordensParkhotel Valkenburg Continental Teams.t.
90Arvid De KleijnUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 10'40
91Han MonkouNoordleases.t.
92Timon Van ReekTEAM ASN Banks.t.
93Johim AriesenLa Botas.t.
94Wouter HaanSEG Racings.t.
95Arthur BruurmijnNoordleases.t.
96Tijmen EisingLa Botas.t.
97Wilco GoudswaardSEG Racings.t.
98Chris CorneliaLa Botas.t.
99Diederik van PraagTEAM ASN Bank+ 10'52
100Aldo OoijerNoordleases.t.
101Daan MeijersWilly Naessenss.t.
102Randy HofmanDe Jonge Renners.t.
103Jeroen KorstenNoordleases.t.
104Ilja SantingLa Botas.t.
105Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
106Ernie SmuldersLa Botas.t.
107Joey Van RheeSEG Racing+ 11'12
108Ruud CremersTEAM LukOils.t.
109Kobus HereijgersNoordleases.t.
110Rudy LaamersTEAM ASN Banks.t.
111Willem PletUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
112Marco MinnaardTEAM ASN Banks.t.
113Daniel GaljéNoordlease+ 11'27
114Brian Van GoethemDe Jonge Renners.t.
115Glenn KemperTEAM LukOils.t.
116Rico ReekersNew Zealand+ 11'40
117Rune van der MeijdenNoordlease+ 12'02

A silver medal in the TT is a good result as Dumoulin was always going to be hard to crack Smile
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

I hate it when those tracked treads dissapear. WHY !! Sad

Now i'w got some catching up.Wink

Nice silver in TT, Smile
Thanks guys Smile Very happy with the ITT result. The best I could hope for!

The hallowed month for cycling is upon us again. No surprises with where I'm heading for my next race.

Tour de France

The team was mainly focused around climbing. Both Formolo and I were co-leaders for this race. We had no sprinter lining up despite there being 12 stages rated as flat!


Stage 1 was a medium length Prologue. Palik and Phinney were among the favourites here. I started off well but had a bad second sector to be down in 40th place at the end of it. I recovered to finish in 21st, 1'13" behind stage winner Dumoulin, who wore the Maillot Jaune for the day. Palik was 3rd, Phinney was 4th.

Stage 2 was the first one for the sprinters. The break were caught with 10 km to go and the stage was decided in a bunch sprint.

Stage 3 saw Uran being dropped early. High winds caused splits in the pack behind the break. The latter were caught with 3 km left. Once again, the sprinters took the win. I moved up to 18th in the GC.

Stage 4 was the Team Time Trial. We were one the favourites for this stage and finished 2nd, 19" down on winners Gazprom (Kwiatkowski, Dumoulin, Aru, Kelderman). Swissair (S.Yates, Miguel Angel Lopez) were 3rd, losing 46". De Koninck lost 2'33" to put Nairo Quintana onto the back-foot early on. I moved up to 7th in the GC.

Stage 5 was yet another flat stage and the sprinters did their thing. We had a new KOM leader in Vangstad, who took the points on this stage.

GC after Stage 5

1Tom DumoulinGazprom13h30'06
2Dzidoslaw GrodeckiGazprom+ 28
3Michał KwiatkowskiGazprom+ 55
4Rafal PalikBonsucro+ 57
5Taylor PhinneyBonsucro+ 1'01
6Wilco KeldermanGazprom+ 1'08
7Abhishek SinhaBonsucro+ 1'33
8Julian AlaphilippeGazprom+ 1'51
9Tiesj BenootGazprom+ 1'52
10Tejay Van GarderenBonsucro+ 2'00

The TTT still is the decisive stage in the GC so far...
Nice start with a good TTT despite the sub-par prologue. A bit worrying the current fitness when starting Le Tour, but hopefully that means he won't be tired at the end of the race.

Also, unless it's a fantasy route that i don't remember now, i'm sure you are racing in the 2009 route, right?
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