Race preview: Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop (UCI 1.2)
On Sunday June 10th the riders will be competing for the win in the Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop. Not just one win, but two, to be precise. Obviously, there is a fight for the win of the race, but the second fight is for the general classification of the Holland Cup.
Let’s start with handling the race details. The eight edition of the Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop (UCI 1.2) will be covering the traitorous roads of the western part of the province Midden-Brabant. The riders will start in Gilze and return there after the 197,2 km of racing.
In the meantime, the riders will have covered five laps of 37 kilometres and four local laps of 7,5 kilometres. The area is known for its small roads and constant winding back and forth. In the case of wind, the riders will be exposed to it quite badly, as it’s mostly open terrain. In the big laps there are two cobblestone sections of 2 km of pave. The smaller local laps can be used by strong adventurous riders that want to do a last desperate attempt for the win.
Last years edition was -suprisingly- won by Amateur-rider Jaap Kooijman. Kooijman, who is now riding for Vlasman Continental team, beat Britains Rory Townsend and Germany’s Alexander Krieger.
2017 – Jaap Kooijman
2016 – Rens te Stroet
2015 – Twan Brusselman
2014 – Tom Vermeer
2013 – Sander Oostlander
2012 – Erik Jan Kooijman
2011 – Erik Jan Kooijman
According to our media-partner WielerFlits.nl the following riders will have the biggest chances of performing well in the race:
**** Cees Bol
*** Julius van den Berg, Rick Ottema
** Jaap Kooijman, Piotr Havik, Aksel Nõmmela (EST)
* André Looij, Maarten van Trijp, Rory Townsend (GBR), Marten Kooistra
As mentioned, also the general classification of the Holland Cup can be decided. Although there is still the Ronde van Midden-Nederland to be raced, race leader Cees Bol can already seal the deal on the classification win.
The 22-year old SEG Racing Academy-rider has earned 232 points for the reflective wowow leaders jersey so far. Piotr Havik (BEAT Cycling Club) is the nearest contender having 111 points. Bols teammate Julius van den Berg is leading the young riders classification, equalling Danish Mikkel Bjerg (Hagens Berman-Axeon) with 100 points. The purple squad is also leading the team classification.