Frantisek Sisr claimed first road cycling victory for CCC Sprandi Polkowice of 2018 season, winning Dutch 1.HC race, Ronde van Drenthe.
Info: March 11th, Emmen – Hoogeveen, 192km
Course: undulating, twisty, paved, cobbled and narrow roads, 4 short and punchy climbs to Vamberg in the second part of the race
I consider myself to be a fast rider, so I waited for the sprint. When other riders in the breakaway were attacking I was only responding to their moves – Frantisek Sisr said afterwards. – I was pretty confident late in the race, since I know what my strengths are. I also knew how far back the peloton was in the final kilometer, so I could play my cards right.
It was a very hard race and early on I was not feeling that great. Thankfully I found my rhythm and good sensations, to put myself in the position to battle for the victory. After last year’s 10th place in Drenthe I knew that this race suits me and I was looking forward to it.
It’s very important victory not only for me, but for CCC Sprandi Polkowice. It’s the first one of the season and I believe that it is just a beginning of a great year for us.
The race got off to a lively start, with multiple breakaway attempts. First an 11-man group went clear, but it got caught quite early. Another move, which this time consisted of 3 riders stuck for a little longer, but they were also brought back in, with 120km remaining.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were riding attentively in the peloton, making sure not to crash and keeping a safe position in the bunch. It was not an easy task to not fall on this dangerous, slippery and twisty course. Rain, cobblestone sections, narrow and paved roads in the forests made things tricky for the participants.
Artificial, man-made climb to Vamber (750m long, with slopes up to 20%) which that day was tackled four times, saw Wesley Kreder (Wanty-Group Gobert) and Jasper Bovenhuis (Vlasman) pulling away and gaining nearly a minute on the field. Later they were joined by 4 riders and among them there was Frantisek Sisr. After another move, another sextet bridged to the front, creating a 12-man leading group.
As it later turn out this was the decisive action of the day. The leaders were maintaining around 30s gap and kept it until the finish. The finale saw few attacks from the break, but Frantisek Sisr kept his cool and was able to respond to those attempts. In the very end he took advantage of his sprinting abilities, opening the sprint with 200m to go, holding on and getting a well deserved victory.