Frantisek Sisr finished 10th in the one-day Dutch race, Ronde van Drenthe (1.1). After an impressive ride, Jan-willem van Schip secured the win.
Info: March 11th, Hoogeveen – Hoogeveen, 206,2km
Course: Mostly flat, multiple cobblestone sections
The winner spent most of the day in the 3-man breakaway, with Twan Castelijns (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Julius van den Berg (SEG Racing Academy). It was established early on and later gained nearly 9 minutes of advantage. Since there was over 200 kilometers to cover the gap did really worry the peleton. Riders in the bunch were more concerned with staying in the main group on tough cobblestone sections, which the course was sprinkled with.
The pack split in few pieces on the cobbles, but eventually it all came back together. Final 50km of racing saw lots of attacks and increased pace at the head of the main group. One of those who tried to pull away was Adrian Kurek. There were many motivated teams who made sure to respond to every move though.
The peloton was closing in on the escape and entered the final 8–kilometer circuit only 20 seconds after the leading trio. The twisty roads in the finale played in favor of riders in front and as it turned out that small gap was just enough to hold off the chasers.
Castelijns and van Schip survived until the very end and in the 2-man sprint the latter was fastest. Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) rounded out the podium.
Frantisek Sisr managed to sprint with the strongest, taking 10th place.