The Ronde van Drenthe is a Dutch 1.HC UCI-race held annually in Drenthe for both elite men and women. The event was first held in 1960 and though 56 editions has been raced, only 9 has been won by others than Dutch riders.
The race features several cobblestone sections and in flat terrain which is often exposed to heavy winds.
"It's going to be a tough race tomorrow", says directeur sportif René Jacobsen. "It's very windy and it rains as well which makes the roads and cobbles very slippery. I saw a picture of some of the cobble sections and it looks like a battlefield - the organizers had to abandon one of the sections because of the poor condition it was in. So we have to be up near the front all day collected in a bunch, so we can act quick if something happens."
"It's a race that suits Nicolai Brøchner quite well. He was very disappointed that Grote prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré was cancelled last weekend, so he's ready to go out there and make a result. I think we're able to be up there in the mix for the top spots", says René Jacobsen.
Last year's winners:
2018: Frantisek Sisr (CCC-Sprandi Polkowice)
2017: Jan-Willem van Schip (Delta Cycling Rotterdam)
2016: Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Oranje Peloton)
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