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Ronde van het Groene Hart

Today will see the third edition of the Eneco Ronde van het Groene Hart (Round of the Green Heart). This race wants to show the world how beautiful Holland's so-called green heart is. This is the more or less rural/agricultural area right in between the ring of cities that form the Randstad. Since this race passes right through my home town I think it deserves some PdC love, even though it’s not a VDS race.

More on the flip.

The riders will ride 204 km on a pancake flat course. A sprinter will probably win here with Graeme Brown, Gert Steegmans, Danilo Napolitano and Robert Forster being the top contenders. Outsiders could be Wim Stroetinga, Roy Sentjes, Bobby Traksel or Frank Vandenbroucke (just kidding).

 

All information can be found on the, Dutch only, race website. It says live coverage will be on starting 15.00 hour local time. I’m not sure if this will be geo-restricted. The race passes through my hometown within the first hour so you don’t have to be on the lookout for PdC signs on the road I’m afraid. I’ll try to get some picture online later though.

 

Yesterday part of the course was used in a recreational ride honouring one of our most celebrated riders. The Joop Zoetemelk classic attracted more than 2000 recreational riders and the old man himself gave the start sign.

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via www.rondevanhetgroenehart.nl

Joop is the man on the right. The other guy is a local politician responsible for sport.
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