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Tacx Pro Classic: Top Ten Finish for Gerts on Home Soil

14. October 2017, Neeltje Jans (NED) — Road Team

Floris Gerts secured a top ten finish at the inaugural Tacx Pro Classic. © TDWsport.com

Floris Gerts sprinted to a top ten finish on home soil today after a windswept day of racing and fast and furious finale at the Tacx Pro Classic.

After various moves off the front of the peloton, nine riders went clear at the head of the race. However, the peloton didn’t give them too much room for maneuver and their advantage peaked at just over three minutes after 50km, of the 201.5km course.

As previously predicted, crosswinds forced splits to form in the peloton and, with 130km still to go, the subsequent increase in pace saw the gap began to fall. At the halfway mark, the first part of the peloton trailed the breakaway, which was now made of only four riders, by just 15 seconds.

The leaders were able to extend their advantage back out to over 2’30” before, with the main bunch coming back together, the chase began to heat up once again heading into the final 60km of the day.

Just 10km later, the gap was jumping around the one minute mark but, the breakaway continued to work hard, and as they approached the final 16.6km lap around Neeltje Jans, the peloton was still trailing by around 30 seconds.

The pace quickly picked up, and a determined peloton eventually swept up the last remaining rider from the early breakaway with just 8km to go as a new three-rider group tried its luck at the front of the race.

The riders’ late effort saw them head under the flamme rouge with a slight advantage and, in the end, Timo Roosen was able to hold off the chasing pack on the home straight to take victory ahead of Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) and his Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammate, Dylan Groenewegen.

Gerts was well-positioned heading into the closing kilometers of the race and was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider, rounding out the top ten.

Quotes From the Finish Line

Floris Gerts:

"At the start, it was really tough. There was a lot of echelons, and it split the peloton every time. We were always up there at the front which was good, and I was happy I could be in the first group all the time. In the end, it came back together, and it looked like we were going to a bunch sprint however on the switchback, I think we were a little too far back, and three guys rode away. It was a pity we missed that move. It wasn't the best sprint, but I was able to finish in the top ten."

"We had really good weather. It was almost like summer, and that is extraordinary right now in the Netherlands. There was some wind today which was enough to make it hard but not enough to explode the race completely, so it was still quite an open race. It was a really nice day."

Sports Director, Valerio Piva:

"It was a good race today. At one point, the race was split into several groups, and we had four riders in the front group. In the end, the bunch came back together heading into the finale and on the final circuit we were well-represented. We discussed coming into the race that Floris Gerts and Bram Welten would be able to go for the sprint. We knew we didn't have the power to do a full lead-out, but we know these guys can position themselves well. Floris was in the top ten and more than that would have been very difficult, especially with how the race unfolded today. We did our best, and I wasn't expecting to have four riders finishing in the front group, so I am happy. This was definitely good preparation for those riders that will go to China."  

Race Profile

Tacx Pro Classic

One-day race: Middelburg > Neeltje Jans, 201.5km

Top 3: 1. Timo Roosen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo) 2. Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) 3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Floris Gerts 14. Bram Welten 37. Silvan Dillier

After various moves off the front of the peloton, nine riders went clear at the head of the race. However, the peloton didn’t give them too much room for maneuver and their advantage peaked at just over three minutes after 50km, of the 201.5km course.

As previously predicted, crosswinds forced splits to form in the peloton and, with 130km still to go, the subsequent increase in pace saw the gap began to fall. At the halfway mark, the first part of the peloton trailed the breakaway, which was now made of only four riders, by just 15 seconds.

The leaders were able to extend their advantage back out to over 2’30” before, with the main bunch coming back together, the chase began to heat up once again heading into the final 60km of the day.

Just 10km later, the gap was jumping around the one minute mark but, the breakaway continued to work hard, and as they began the final 16.6km lap around Neeltje Jans, the peloton was still trailing by around 30 seconds.

The pace quickly picked up, and a determined peloton eventually swept up the last remaining rider from the early breakaway with just 8km to go as a new three-rider group tried its luck at the front of the race.

The riders’ late effort saw them head under the flamme rouge with a slight advantage and, in the end, Timo Roosen was able to hold off the chasing pack on the home straight to take victory ahead of Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) and his Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammate, Dylan Groenewegen.

Gerts was well-positioned heading into the closing kilometers of the race and was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider, rounding out the top ten.

Quotes From the Finish Line

Floris Gerts:

"At the start, it was really tough. There was a lot of echelons, and it split the peloton every time. We were always up there at the front which was good, and I was happy I could be in the first group all the time. In the end, it came back together, and it looked like we were going to a bunch sprint however on the switchback, I think we were a little too far back, and three guys rode away. It was a pity we missed that move. It wasn't the best sprint, but I was able to finish top ten." "We had really good weather. It was almost like summer, and that is almost extraordinary right now in the Netherlands. There was some wind today which was enough to make it hard but not enough to explode the race completely, so it was still quite an open race. It was a really nice day."

Sports Director, Valerio Piva:

"It was a good race today. At one point, the race was split into several groups, and we had four riders in the front group. In the end, the bunch came back together heading into the finale and on the final circuit we were well-represented. We discussed coming into the race that Floris Gerts and Bram Welten would be able to go for the sprint. We knew we didn't have the power to do a full lead-out, but we know these guys can position themselves well. Floris was in the top ten and more than that would have been very difficult, especially with how the race unfolded today. We did our best, and I wasn't expecting to have four riders finishing in the front group, so I am happy. This was definitely good preparation for those riders that will go to China."  

Race Profile

Tacx Pro Classic

One-day race: Middelburg > Neeltje Jans, 201.5km

Top 3: 1. Timo Roosen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo) 2. Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) 3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Floris Gerts 14. Bram Welten 37. Silvan Dillier

After various moves off the front of the peloton, nine riders went clear at the head of the race. However, the peloton didn’t give them too much room for maneuver and their advantage peaked at just over three minutes after 50km, of the 201.5km course.

As previously predicted, crosswinds forced splits to form in the peloton and, with 130km still to go, the subsequent increase in pace saw the gap began to fall. At the halfway mark, the first part of the peloton trailed the breakaway, which was now made of only four riders, by just 15 seconds.

The leaders were able to extend their advantage back out to over 2’30” before, with the main bunch coming back together, the chase began to heat up once again heading into the final 60km of the day.

Just 10km later, the gap was jumping around the one minute mark but, the breakaway continued to work hard, and as they began the final 16.6km lap around Neeltje Jans, the peloton was still trailing by around 30 seconds.

The pace quickly picked up, and a determined peloton eventually swept up the last remaining rider from the early breakaway with just 8km to go as a new three-rider group tried its luck at the front of the race.

The riders’ late effort saw them head under the flamme rouge with a slight advantage and, in the end, Timo Roosen was able to hold off the chasing pack on the home straight to take victory ahead of Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) and his Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammate, Dylan Groenewegen.

Gerts was well-positioned heading into the closing kilometers of the race and was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider, rounding out the top ten.

Quotes From the Finish Line

Floris Gerts:

"At the start, it was really tough. There was a lot of echelons, and it split the peloton every time. We were always up there at the front which was good, and I was happy I could be in the first group all the time. In the end, it came back together, and it looked like we were going to a bunch sprint however on the switchback, I think we were a little too far back, and three guys rode away. It was a pity we missed that move. It wasn't the best sprint, but I was able to finish top ten." "We had really good weather. It was almost like summer, and that is almost extraordinary right now in the Netherlands. There was some wind today which was enough to make it hard but not enough to explode the race completely, so it was still quite an open race. It was a really nice day."

Sports Director, Valerio Piva:

"It was a good race today. At one point, the race was split into several groups, and we had four riders in the front group. In the end, the bunch came back together heading into the finale and on the final circuit we were well-represented. We discussed coming into the race that Floris Gerts and Bram Welten would be able to go for the sprint. We knew we didn't have the power to do a full lead-out, but we know these guys can position themselves well. Floris was in the top ten and more than that would have been very difficult, especially with how the race unfolded today. We did our best, and I wasn't expecting to have four riders finishing in the front group, so I am happy. This was definitely good preparation for those riders that will go to China."  

Race Profile

Tacx Pro Classic

One-day race: Middelburg > Neeltje Jans, 201.5km

Top 3: 1. Timo Roosen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo) 2. Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-NL Loterij) 3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Floris Gerts 14. Bram Welten 37. Silvan Dillier

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