CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"Perhaps the KNWU (the Dutch fedreration, ed.)  must once again introduce a measure that requires riders to start at the championships. As a professional rider you simply have to be here."

Photo: LottoNL - Jumbo

MORENO HOFLAND

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSSHIPS

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS
28.06.2015 @ 11:36 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

This weekend should be a warm-up for the Tour de France on Dutch soil. At least that was the intention. However, many of the best Dutch riders have decided to skip the national championships in Emmen.

 

In the build-up to the National Championships in Drenthe, there were numerous withdrawals.Tom Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink all decided to skip the race, simply because the race does not fit into their preparation. They already have their eyes on next weekend.

 

Moreno Hofland will be present present in Emmen and he sees participation as a moral obligation for all riders. 

 

"Perhaps the KNWU (the Dutch fedreration, ed.)  must once again introduce a measure that requires riders to start at the championships. As a professional rider you simply have to be here," Hofland told NOS.

 

 

"If the National Championships are in Limburg, the sprinters are still at the start although we have no chance there. Personally I think they should also be here."

 

Hofland understands the decisions of some of his colleagues and teammates. 

 

"I understand that for some it does not really fit into the picture and they want to avoid risks. There are some continental riders who are going to take some risks. The risk of crashes is present," said Hofland.

 

"But Nationals are Nationals which is a special race for everyone. Guys like Gesink can definitely win here, I think."

 

 

Organizer Wim Jansen doesn't understand the absentees. 

 

"These riders let us down. I think the national championships jersey is a great symbol for cycling. If you want to do something good for your sport, then you have to ride a final and that is the Dutch championships," said Jansen.

 

"And if you can not go for the win, then I think you should stille be there. At least fo the people who support you throughout the year, like the fans and the sponsors."

 

Former national champion Koos Moerenhout also believes that the national elite should make an appearance. 

 

"You are an example for the future. Small boys and girls who watch TV, want to emulate you," said Moerenhout. "By staying at home, you are not going to motivate anyone."

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

List of CyclingQuotes previews 11.01.2017 @ 00:08End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:472017 team analysis: Movistar Team 03.01.2017 @ 17:30Wilier-Selle Italia confirm signing of Italian talent 03.01.2017 @ 17:21Novo Nordisk under pressure to secure new sponsorship 03.01.2017 @ 17:15Report: Dumoulin to focus on the Giro 03.01.2017 @ 17:06U23 World Champion forced to turn down Quick-Step 03.01.2017 @ 17:03Ag2r veteran announces retirement 03.01.2017 @ 16:59Thurau finds new team in Kuwait 03.01.2017 @ 16:5520 teams for Challenge Mallorca 03.01.2017 @ 16:47Tony Martin unveils new rainbow jersey 03.01.2017 @ 16:39

Timothy STEVENS
28 years | today
Eugeniy NIKOLIENKO
30 years | today
Mohamed ELSAYED
23 years | today
Dominik SPILAK
25 years | today
Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO
37 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013