Two in a Row for Theo Bos in Holland

Rabobank’s Theo Bos won his second Dutch Food Valley Classic after outsprinting Peter Sagan and teammate, Mark Renshaw.

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Peter Sagan, Theo Bos and Mark Renshaw, the podium for the Dutch Food Classic. Photo: Thomas van Bracht

The Rabobank team controlled the race to ensure it was a bunch sprint before Theo showed them who was the boss with a super sprint. “Everything worked out perfectly today”, concluded sports director Nico Verhoeven contentedly. “Twenty-five kilometres into the race, a small break got away, after which we controlled the race for a long time. In the last eighty kilometres, Argos and Vacansoleil helped us bring them back.”

“We dominated here last year and Theo just showed in the Eneco Tour that he’s on form. So then you’re the top rider of the day and everyone watches you closely. Winning’s easier said than done. And Sagan’s no pushover but it worked out. Everyone on the team did his job outstandingly and it all went according to plan. And a podium with Theo at the top, flanked by Sagan and Mark? Now, that’s a nice podium.”

Having won last year in Veenendaal did not stress Theo who explained “You’re bound to feel some pressure in any race that will probably end in a bunch sprint. There’s no stress on a mountain stage you know you won’t win, but today, for there was. At the start of a race, you’re relaxed but alert, and as you close in on the finale, you get more nervous. But that’s the healthy kind of nervousness that you need in order to get a top finish. But I’m on form right now and that paid off in a nice victory. I am very happy with this.”

Victory for Theo Bos in the bunch kick.Photo: Thomas van Bracht

Vacansoleil help force the pace in the peloton to chase the break. Photo: Thomas van Bracht

Dominik Nerz, Pieter Vanspeybrouck, Bas Stamsnijder, Robin Chaigneau, Dries Hollanders and Mike Teunissen. They were caught 5km before the finish and a mass sprint followed.   Photo: Thomas van Bracht

Photo: Thomas van Bracht

1. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team

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