It was a successful campaign at Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic today for Development Team Sunweb today as Nils Eekhoff went on to contest the sprint taking an impressive top 15 place.
Development Team Sunweb lined up at the Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic today, to contest the 194 kilometre one-day race. When splits formed in the early stages of the day, Team Sunweb were represented in the front 37-rider group by Jarno Mobach and U23 German road race champion Max Kanter. The group stayed clear of the peloton with a 20 second lead for a number of kilometres, but were brought back with plenty of time for another group to go clear.
As soon as the catch was made a group of nine riders jumped clear whilst Team Sunweb remained tucked in the bunch preparing for the fast finish. With 10 kilometres to go the breakaway was still at large and team’s took to the front of the peloton setting the tempo. The injection of pace caused the bunch to split, with Team Sunweb still in the mix with Nils Eekhoff. Nils was still in contention on the sprint to the line, battling it out amongst the worlds best. He went on to finish the day in an impressive top 15 place.
After the race Nils said: “Today was a hard race due to the combination of the course, bad weather and a lot of wind. In the first breakaway of the day, Max and Jarno did a great job to be up there for the team. After the group were caught back we weren’t close enough to the front and missed the next group. With around 20 kilometres to go we were a bit too far back and we had to burn our last riders so I could make the jump to the first echelon. I moved up to the front of the group as fast as possible to stay out of the wind. It was hard to stay in position with all the big teams around me but I managed to stay in the front and gave the last of my last energy in the sprint. All the guys did a great job and gave their all to help me throughout today and we can be pleased with the end result.”
Team Sunweb coach Rudi Kemna said: “The race was really tough and the guys performed really well. In the beginning a group went clear and we had two guys in it which was great. Towards the final the team were all still together. It was a really tough final lap but good team work saw them position Nils perfectly to be able to be in contention for the sprint. Overall it was a really good day with a solid result amongst such a strong field of riders.”