Tagged: Netherlands

Chantal Blaak Ronde van Drenthe 2018 1

Women’s Ronde van Drenthe 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Compared to some of more recent races, this Sunday’s Ronde van Drenthe (17th March) has more of a history in the women’s racing calendar having been raced since 2007. There’s only been one multiple winner in all that time – Marianne Vos (unsurprisingly). The pretty much flat parcours has seen sprinters often finish highly although if a strong enough group gets away on the double...

The Amstel Gold Race finish line - I won!

Amstel Gold 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Done are the Flemish classics, we’ve now moved onto the Ardennes region. These races follow a different pattern to what we’ve seen already this year, cobbles are pretty much done with but are replaced with a multitude of short sharp climbs instead. The famous climb in Amstel Gold is the Cauberg, found in Valkenburg near the southernmost tip of the Netherlands. The race will ascend...

Greg van Avermaet & Philippe Gilbert on the Varent section - E3 Harelbeke 2017 Mathew Mitchell

2018 Spring Classics Dates and Favourites

In the early part of 2018 are the collection of races known as the spring classics. These races all have lots of character and tradition and for the most part take place in Belgium (with the odd exceptions in Italy and the Netherlands). A lot feature the brutal addition of cobblestones, some are on regular roads, one takes place on white gravel roads and all...

Alpe d'Huez Dutch Corner Orange Tour de France

The Dutch Yellow Jersey Drought

The Netherlands has a rich cycling history with various Grand Tour winners and at home, a cycling infrastructure that is the envy of the rest of the developed world. Yet somehow, a surprising statistic is that the Dutch find themselves not having worn the yellow jersey since the 1989 Prologue stage. The support on the 7th hairpin, now known as Dutch Corner, on the Alpe...

Miffy Nijntje Cycling Bike Hill Mountain

Miffy at the Tour de France

Miffy the Rabbit This year the Tour de France starts in the Dutch city of Utrecht – home of Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy (or Nijntje in the original Dutch) the rabbit. The simple drawing of a cartoon rabbit is found throughout the city with traffic lights using her image as an Ampelmann and a whole square dedicated to her too (the name of the...