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TeamNL ready for World Cup in Emmen

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dutch team tops medal table

The Dutch para-cycling selection can look forward with confidence to the Para-cycling World Cup in their country, from 6 to 8 July in Emmen (Drenthe). During the first World Cup of the season in Ostend, the Netherlands won 7 times gold, 2 times silver and 2 times bronze. The medal harvest also brought the Dutch team the first place in the medal ranking.

Photo: Gert Bonenstroo

Four times gold on day 1

Already on day 1 the Dutch Para-cycling team won four gold medals. The handbikers Carmen Koedood (H2), Laura de Vaan (H5), Jetze Plat (H4) made their roles as favorites true in the time trial, while De Vries surprisingly defeated his big rival Allasandro Zannardi. The great start did not got a sequel on Day 2 immediately, but at the end of the day the tandem duo Vincent ter Schure and Timo Fransen won a bronze medal for The Netherlands.

Thrilling race Jetze Plat

On day 3 Carmen Koedood and Jetze Plat won the road race in their category, after ending first in the time trial already. Jetze Plat did that after a catch-up race of 58 kilometers (!). After bad luck at the start of the race, he catched up just in time with leader Tom Davis, and then sprinted to the win. In addition to Koedood and Plat, Jenette Jansen (H4) also won a gold medal, Johan Reekers (H5) and Laura de Vaan – also good for a gold medal in the time trial - both took a silver medal.

Revanche for Bangma and Bos

On the final day of the World Cup, Martin van de Pol (C5) and the tandem duo Tristan Bangma / Patrick Bos were the most celebrated men in Dutch camp. For stoker Tristan Bangma and pilot Patrick Bos the victory came after a disappointing time trial, where the Dutch duo missed the podium with barely four tenths. The duo Stephen de Vries and Cor van Leeuwen made the Dutch party complete by finishing second, the same position as Arnoud Nijhuis conquered in the C1 category.

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