Development Team DSM set off for their first stage race of the season on Wednesday afternoon, as the Olympia’s Tour got underway with a short and fast individual time trial around the race circuit in Assen. Rain and wind made for a tough afternoon but each and every one of the Development program riders gave it their all, setting good times throughout the stage. The first rider down the ramp, Adam Seeman, set the early benchmark time for the rest of the team, before Frank Aron Ragilo and Patrick Eddy would stop the clock in 11 minutes and 16 seconds, and 11 minutes and 17 seconds respectively; moving into the provisional top five at the time.
As the riders continued to charge around the course, strong times were set by all in the peloton, before Vlad Van Mechelen would power to the top of the timing sheets; completing the nine kilometre course in ten minutes and 56 seconds. The phenomenal ride would see him take to the hot seat, and after a nervous and long wait, he would only be toppled by one rider – eventually finishing the stage with a strong second place. Unfortunately, strong time trial rider Enzo Leijnse had an issue with his bike and couldn’t compete for a top result, but wears the combativity jersey as a consolation prize.
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