Team Jumbo-Visma through fifth stage UAE Tour without problems
Team Jumbo-Visma has come through the fifth stage of the UAE Tour unscathed. Jus...
Patrick Roest has continued his good form from the NK Clubs. The two-time world champion allround, who set a track record at 3,000 meters last week, skated a very strong time of 6:08.69 at 5,000 meters during a training race in Inzell. No Dutchman has ever been faster at that distance at the Max Aicher Arena.
The 23-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma faced Jorrit Bergsma, who set a time of 6:13.05 and ended up second. Roest was almost three seconds faster than last season (6:11,70), when he won a silver medal at the World Single Distances Championships in Inzell. Sverre Lunde Pedersen became world champion with a time of 6:07,16, which is the track record.
"I am happy with my race", said Roest afterwards. "Until last year I was able to drive personal records, because I had never been to Salt Lake City and Calgary, but I am very satisfied with my time.”
“My race went well. To be honest, I started a little too fast, but I was still able to drive steady laps of 29.2 seconds. At the end my lap times went slightly up, but I have to be satisfied with this. That I had to race against Jorrit caused some nerves, because he is one of my biggest competitors.”
Roest won't race in Inzell on Sunday. Next weekend he will start at 500 and 1,500 meters. Team Jumbo-Visma is currently staying in Inzell to prepare for the new skating year, which starts on November 1st with the World Cup Qualifying Tournament at Thialf.