Faced with tough conditions and tricky terrain, Development Team DSM rode perfectly to set up Casper van Uden who took the win in a sprint from the late attacking group at Ronde van de Achterhoek.
Development Team DSM were back in action today at the tough Ronde van der Achterhoek, with it’s 204 kilometre long parcours that featured several sections of gravel. It wasn’t only the gravel that would make for a hard day in the saddle, but grizzly and rainy Dutch weather also added to the difficulty.
It was a fast start to the day with lots of unsuccessful attacks before a two rider breakaway managed to get clear, with all of the team in the peloton behind. The break built up a lead that reached a maximum of two minutes but the pace was always high as the gravel sections and kilometres ticked by and they were soon caught back. The team rode really well as a group, rotating through the attacks and making sure that they were always present in any new dangerous group.
Eventually the elastic snapped with Casper van Uden infiltrating a 13 rider move that went clear at 30 kilometres to go. Working well together, the group expanded their gap over the chasers before things came more tactical and a splinter group of five broke away, with Van Uden riding well to make the split. Heading under the flamme rouge Van Uden took up the perfect position in third wheel, biding his time before launching a powerful sprint to take the win, roaring with emotion as he crossed the line in Varsseveld.