Rune Herregodts concluded his first professional season on a high note. He claimed a solo win at the 58th Ronde van Drenthe.
The 23-year-old Belgian was part of a 3-rider breakaway, that formed only 10 kilometers after the flag had dropped. At the final climb of the Vamberg, Herregodts made the winning move by going solo and dropping Janssen, after already losing Keup. The young talent was able to finish off the final 13 kilometres solo and cheer at the finish line. It’s the first pro victory for the rider of Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise.
“I didn’t expect to win this year already, in my first season as a professional rider, but I did it at the final race of the season. We came to the Ronde van Drenthe with a strong team and were really motivated. It wasn’t the plan to be in an early break, and going clear with only three riders, but there was no way back. It came down to riding a steady pace to not scare off the peloton. We only went full gas in the final 50 kilometers, which is why Keup was dropped quite quickly. I took most of the turns in front as I also noticed that Janssen was slowing down. At the final climb of the Vamberg, he couldn’t hold on, so I went all in. It was still 13 kilometer with headwind until the finish line in Hoogeveen. I want to thank my teammates as they managed to keep off the chasing peloton. I wouldn’t have won without them!"