Team Jumbo-Visma finishes opening stage of Tour Down Under without any problems
The first stage of the Santos Tour Down Under has gone without a hitch for Team ...
Team Jumbo-Visma skater Patrick Roest could not ask for a better start to the new speed skating season. On Saturday the 23-year-old reigning world champion allround set a new track record at 3000 meters at the NK Clubs.
Roest, who competed on behalf of his club STV Lekstreek, set a time of 3:38.17 and was therefore 0.54 seconds faster than his former track record (3:38.71). Last year he set that time in a race against Team Jumbo-Visma teammate Sven Kramer.
"This is a wonderful start to the season", said Roest afterwards. "The first race of the season is always very important, because it can give you confidence for the races to come. That I am able to drive such a fast time this early in the season makes me feel good."
On Sunday Team Jumbo-Visma will travel to Inzell (Germany) for a training camp. In the small German town the team of coach Jac Orie is going to prepare for the important World Cup Qualifying Tournament (WCKT), which takes place November 1st-3rd.
This year the Alkmaarsche IJsclub (AIJC) won the title at NK Clubs, the Deventer IJsclub ended up second and STG Solid Aqua finished third. STV Lekstreek, last year's winner of the tournament, had to settle for fourth.