cycling news / 5th for Reynders after action packed day at Zuidenveld Tour
IN THE RACE PREVIEW, JENS REYNDERS ALREADY TOLD THAT A TOP TEN RESULT AT ZUIDENVELD TOUR COULD BE POSSIBLE. 200 KILOMETERS LATER IT TURNS OUT THAT THE BELGIAN WAS RIGHT AS HE FINISHED THE DIFFICULT RACE AS FIFTH
“This result makes me happy as I was the whole day present in the front of the race.”
After the start was given in the small village of Dalen, the first attacks already took place and it therefore did not take too long before a good group established itself. By having two riders in this group – Jens Reynders and Jan Brockhoff – Leopard Pro Cycling did exactly what they came for: decide the summary of the race. All went well, until the moment the cobbled sections followed eachother in quick succession in Exloo. The first part of the bunch closed the gap to the leading group and at this same moment, Gaëtan Pons unfortunately had a flat tire. The race had just exploded, leaving several groups left behind and this meant that making his way back to the front of the race was mission impossible for the Luxembourger. With both Gaëtan Pons and Charlie Quarterman out of the action at this point, the remaining Leopard riders went on racing attentive.
Just before entering the final of the race, a strong group of riders with amongst others Youri Havik, Dennis Coenen, Chris Opie and again Jens Reynders took their chance to build a lead of maximum 1’10”. When the gap was slowly closed to thirty seconds, this was the sign for another group of riders to take their last chance to bridge to the front. Ex-Leopard rider Aksel Nõmmela, Maarten van Trijp, Stef Krul, Dion Beukeboom, Joshua Huppertz and others gave it their all and were able to join the leaders. Also Leopard’s Mario Spengler tried a move, but his effort was not successful. In the back, the elimination race went on – only 39 riders managed to reach the finish line – but in the front group of fourteen it was a real battle for the victory. Lots of attacks, but it was Stef Krul’s attack with two kilometers to go that proved to be the right one. Behind the Dutch rider, Jens Reynders was able to sprint to fifth position after being in the lead for almost the entire day.
Jens Reynders: “Today I really felt good. When a good group went away in the early stages, I was able to close the gap and therefore I found myself back in a leading group of about twenty riders. After the cobblestone sections, a first chasing group came back to us and some attacks and attempts to form echelons did not work out. With 70 kilometers to go, five riders escaped from our group. As I knew that this was a very good moment, I was able to bridge to the front together with another rider. In the end we battled with fourteen for the victory and I finished fifth. This result makes me happy as I was the whole day present in the front of the race.”
Results Zuidenveld Tour
5. Jens Reynders (BEL) s.t.
20. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 2’06”
25. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 2’25”
27. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 2’25”
DNF. Gaëtan Pons (LUX)
DNF. Charlie Quarterman (GBR)