Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic for Groenewegena

Dylan Groenewegen won Dutch one-day event, Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic. “Riders in orange” finished outside top 20.

The race from Arnhem to Veenendaal was held on a twisty course, which went through two Dutch national parks. There were few short, but punchy and sometimes covered with cobbles, hills on the menu. Among the hardest ones was Beekhuizenseweg which was tackled four times. The total distance to cover was 198 kilometers and the finishing straight was flat.

After very lively 80 kilometers of racing finally a breakaway of the day was formed. Initially it included four riders, but later it got reduced to three – Wouter Mol Cyclingteam Join’s – De Rijke, Christian Meier (ORICA-BikeExchange) and  Edvin Wilson (Team Joker – Byggtorget). Together they gained almost 5-minute gap.

Peloton didn’t let them go all the way and brought them back in with 15 kilometers remaining. Despite few late attacks the winner came from a bunch sprint. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) was the fastest, edging out Christopher Opie (One Pro Cycling) and Kenny Dehaes (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).

Adrian Honkisz was the highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider at the line, taking 49th place.