The final race of the season saw Team DSM line up at Ronde van Drenthe this afternoon, with a tricky and hard day of racing expected over the 185 kilometres from Assen to Hoogeveen, where the bunch would tackle unpaved sections of road and five passages of the infamous VAM-berg climb; with three of those coming in the finale.
It was an attacking opening 15 kilometres before a three rider group managed to escape, building up an advantage that reached of over five minutes, with all Team DSM riders in the peloton. As the kilometres ticked down, the intensity of the racing increased and the bunch slowly diminished throughout the afternoon, as did the gap for those ahead.
However, things slowed in the peloton approaching the VAM-berg circuit and those out front increased their lead, which would ultimately be enough for Herregodts to go solo and hold on for the win. Bad luck hampered the team throughout the day with Casper van Uden in a promising move earlier before he was involved in a crash, couple with some untimely mechanicals which saw the team spend extra energy. Back in the chasing peloton, the race exploded over the climbs before regrouping somewhat again with Nils Eeekhoff leading the team home in eighth place.
|1||HERREGODTS Rune||Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise||4:22:07||125|
|2||PASQUALON Andrea||Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux||0:13||85|
|3||GROENEWEGEN Dylan||Jumbo-Visma Development Team||,,||70|
|8||EEKHOFF Nils||Team DSM||,,||30|
|41||VAN UDEN Casper||Team DSM||2:15||-|
|43||NABERMAN Tim||Team DSM||,,||-|
|68||STORK Florian||Team DSM||5:33||-|
|1005||MAYRHOFER Marius||Team DSM||-04:22:07||-|
|1005||LEIJNSE Enzo||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||,,||-|