Grand Prix Groenendaal – Aernouts Beats Dutch Riders On Their Own Ground, Eising Wins U23

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Tijmen Eising finished fourth overall and won the U23 category.  © Bart Hazen

Tijmen Eising finished fourth overall and won the U23 category. © Bart Hazen

Bart Aernouts (Rabobank) took his second win of the season today in the GP Richard Groenendaal. Aernouts won with a big margin over teammate Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank) and last year’s winner of the World Cup in Zolder, Thijs Al (AA Drink Cycling Team). Tijmen Eising (Sunweb – Revor) and Mitchell Huenders (AA Drink Cycling Team) filled out the top five overall and were the best two U23 riders in the race.

Eddy van IJzendoorn (AA Drink Cycling Team), 2009 winner of the GP Richard Groenendaal, took the hole shot followed by Bart Aernouts, Patrick van Leeuwen, Tijmen Eising and Gerben de Knegt.

On the second lap, Bart Aernouts broke clear from his compatriots and nobody was able to respond. In the chase, a group of three riders formed with Gerben de Knegt, Tijmen Eising and Eddy van IJzendoorn. De Knegt showed he was the strongest of the three and left the others behind.

Thijs Al, who crashed twice in the beginning, found good legs in the second part of the race and bridged up in the final laps to Eising and Van IJzendoorn. The latter couldn’t handle the pace and would finish in sixth.

Bart Aernouts didn’t made any mistakes in the final lap and took his second win of the season, both in the Netherlands, including the opening ‘cross in Harderwijk. Aernouts was very satisfied with his win, “I was afraid for my teammate Gerben de Knegt. Gerben is in form for the moment. When I was able to create a gap, I gave all I have. It turned out well and didn’t made any mistakes.”

Lars Boom, who made his season debut in Sint-Michielsgestel, had to start from the back and eventually finished in 22nd, over four minutes down on his Belgian teammate.

Tijmen Eising, who finished in fourth, was the best rider in the U23 race. Mitchell Huenders and Corné van Kessel finished in second and third, respectively.

Results

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result PaR PcR
1 Bart AERNOUTS BEL 28 1:04:35 60 60
2 Gerben DE KNEGT NED 35 1:05:09 40 40
3 Thijs AL NED 30 1:05:32 30 30
4 Tijmen EISING NED 19 1:05:35 25 25
5 Mitchell HUENDERS NED 22 1:06:04 20 20
6 Eddy VAN IJZENDOORN NED 25 1:06:12 18 18
7 Thijs VAN AMERONGEN NED 24 1:06:19 16 16
8 Bram SCHMITZ NED 33 1:06:25 14 14
9 David DEREPAS FRA 32 1:06:30 12 12
10 Corne VAN KESSEL NED 19 1:06:43 10 10
11 Twan VAN DEN BRAND NED 21 1:06:43 8 8
12 Patrick VAN LEEUWEN NED 25 1:06:43 6 6
13 Rudi VAN HOUTS NED 26 1:06:43 4 4
14 Lars VAN DER HAAR NED 19 1:06:43 2 2
15 Micki VAN EMPEL NED 20 1:07:05 1 1
16 Ramon SINKELDAM NED 21 1:07:10
17 Jan VAN DAEL BEL 23 1:07:10
18 Tom VAN DEN BOSCH BEL 25 1:07:39
19 Maurits LAMMERTINK NED 20 1:07:45
20 Wilant VAN GILS NED 31 1:07:59
21 Roy VAN HEESWIJK NED 27 1:08:04
22 Lars BOOM NED 25 1:08:39
23 Edwin ARTS NED 22 1:09:06
24 Geert VAN DER HORST NED 20 1:09:29
25 Boy VAN POPPEL NED 22 1:09:34
26 Dries PAUWELS BEL 22 1:09:42
27 Jerome TOWNSEND USA 21 1:09:59
28 Christoph PFINGSTEN GER 23 1:10:04
29 Micha DE VRIES NED 39 1:10:08
30 Johim ARIESEN NED 22 1:10:16
31 Rik VAN IJZENDOORN NED 23 1:10:21
32 Keiichi TSUJIURA JPN 30 1:10:25
33 Justin LINDINE USA 26 1:10:27
34 Roel VAN HOUTUM NED 31 1:10:33
35 Harm VAN DER SANDEN NED 20 1:10:42
36 Kobus HEREIJGERS NED 21 1:10:42
37 Jordy LUISMAN NED 25 1:10:42
38 Yu TAKENOUCHI JPN 22 1:10:47
39 Jorn VAN VEEN NED 23 1:10:51
40 Kaj SLENTER NED 20 1:10:57
41 Mike CARRIGAN CAN 29 1:10:57
42 Travis LIVERMON USA 22 1:10:57
43 Kevin SMIT NED 20 1:12:00
44 Patrick VAN NUNEN NED 20
45 Rob VAN DER HEIJDEN NED 20
46 Tim OTTENS NED 25
47 Moreno HOFLAND NED 19
48 Steve FISHER USA 20
49 Guus SMITS NED 25
50 Peter WOESTENBERG NED 36
51 Tommy VAN BEEM NED 20
52 Patrick DE LAAT NED 33
53 Nard LOUWS NED 29
54 Rick VAN DEURSEN NED 20
55 Jacob DE ROO NED 20
56 Mark SMIT NED 22
57 Hans BECKING NED 24
58 Marco MINNAARD NED 21
59 Bart BARKHUIS NED 20
60 Casper FRANSEN NED 20
61 Masashi MATSUI JPN 29
62 Bram WIND NED 25
63 Marcel LOMMERS NED 21
64 Kaey VAN RIJ NED 26
65 Joe DOMBROSKI USA 19
66 Rick VAN DE HELDER NED 23
67 Geert KUIT NED 19

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