On the day of the Elite Men’s Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain we honored Joop Zoetemelk, our 1985 Dutch rainbow winner in Giavera del Montello, Italy. During our Sunday morning ride we rode by Rijpwetering -Zoetemelk’s town of birth- and took a selfie shot at a street named after him with our full 19 rider crew.
We rode in championship style. Easy in the beginning and slowly turning on the heat thereafter. Yvo was today’s captain and with fixie chick Nathalie -this girl can ride!- we had another power woman in the group. Between Nathalie and Marianne they took home all the Strava silverware. Our Zoetemelk photo did not help the Dutch riders; they were pretty much invisible in today’s race. Michał Kwiatkowski made a decisive jump near the end and solo windjammed the last few k’s to the finish in grand style, bringing the rainbow jersey to Poland. Well deserved.