Tolhoek tenth in opening stage Ruta del Sol
Antwan Tolhoek has finished tenth in the first stage of the Ruta del Sol. The 15...
Mick van Dijke has won the GP Vorarlberg. The twenty-one-year-old rider gave his Jumbo-Visma Development Team a new victory. Teammate Rick Pluimers finished in third place.
In the Austrian race, Van Dijke crossed the line solo after a late attack. Pluimers also managed to secure a podium place in the sprint of the chasing group. It is the fourth victory of the season for the Team Jumbo-Visma Academy.
"I did not dare look behind until twenty metres before the finish line. Then I knew I was going to win."
Van Dijke, who took his first win of the season, was very happy with his victory: “We had Michel Hessmann in the early breakaway, but unfortunately he had a puncture. Then the team went in pursuit for the rest of the race and they did an excellent job. Rick would eventually sprint, and I wanted to make one last all-or-nothing attempt. Two kilometres before the finish I went full speed up the last hill. When I got to the top, there was no one in my wheel anymore. I did not dare look behind until twenty metres before the finish line. Then I knew I was going to win. That was amazing. I have been waiting for this for a long time and it is so nice to be back in a racing period in such a way.”
“The team did really well today”, sports director Robert Wagner said. “Especially the way they rode as a team. The guys carried out all the agreements we had made in advance. It was already a very nice race and this victory is the icing on the cake.”