Today saw Rucphen host the Dutch cyclocross championships with a fast, albeit technical in parts, course awaiting the riders. Joris Nieuwenhuis was on the start line to represent Team Sunweb after recently returning from a training camp in Calpe.
Once starters orders were given and the tape dropped, the race began at an infernal pace with the bunch stretched thin. The high speeds continued and riders soon found themselves in small groups or riding solo once the elastic had snapped. Nieuwenhuis started promisingly and was in a battle for third place with Van Kessel before he managed to escape and move into third place outright. With riders scattered throughout the course, the running order stayed in the status quo for the second half of the race with Nieuwenhuis riding strongly to cement his place on the podium.