On Saturday, the Netherlands junior female hockey team defeated Ghana (10-0) in an opening match at the FIH U-21 Women’s World Cup.
Dutch National Champion Johnny Hoogerland has won the Saturday ‘Profronde van Tiel’, a one day race held every summer in Tiel. The rider from Vacansoleil defeated at the finish Bauke Mollema of team Belkin, the number 6 of the Tour de France, in a sprint à deux. At an appropriate distance Bobbie Traksel became third.
In Tiel a separate race for women also took place, which was won by Marianne Vos. The Olympic and world champion defeated in the final sprint Dutch champion Lucinda Brand, her teammate at Rabobank-Liv/Giant. Ellen van Dijk finished third.
Four major regions of the skating association KNSB have started lobbying against Icedôme in Almere. This was reported by Omroep Flevoland. They want the KNSB to choose for a combination of the proposals for a new race and training location of Heerenveen and Zoetermeer.
The regions of Zuid Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Friesland want the games to be held in Heerenveen and the training should be done in Zoetermeer. This would put Icedôme out of the picture of the provisional award of the KSNB, which will make the choice this week.
Calvin Fresh graduate Tom Snikkers has signed a contract with Aris Leeuwarden in the Netherlands Basketball League.
Darius Theus has signed a contract with Aris Leeuwarden in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam, ‘Bau and Lau’, took part in the first ‘criterium’ after the Tour de France in Boxmeer, Limburg. The winner of the Tour de France, Christopher Froome was not present in Boxmeer, but rode the criterium in Aalst Belgium, and won.
The Queen stage of this years’ Tour de France was won by Christophe Riblon. Froome gained time on most rivals.
Two times the riders had to climb Alpe d’Huez and such a stage will go into the history books. Riders who are not interesting for the general classification this year, have in such a stage a good chance to ride themselves into the picture.
Riblon in the history books
And so it happened that good riders who, because of injuries or bad shape didn’t contend for the first three spots in Paris, attacked fanatically on stage 18.
The continuing warm weather made 964 people give up the Vierdaagse. 39.755 Walkers are hoping to start and finish at the last day on Friday.
Like the Tour de France
Christopher Froome took the win in the tough TT over 32km with two category 2 climbs. Only the Spanish Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez came close to the yellow jersey.
No longer is the second day the day that most people give up. Only 857 didn’t reach the finish on day two and that’s a meager 2%. Much less than the usual 4%.
The fact that most people give up on the second day is no longer valid. The first time this didn’t happen was two years ago. The warm weather of this year was expected to bring back the tough image of the second day but the new trend is set.
Traditionally the Vierdaagse started at the third Tuesday of July. A total of 42.493 participants started at the four day march.
At 4.00 am Minister Edith Schippers gave the sign after which the fresh participants took off. Although usually people might find it a little bit early, the walkers were pleased that they could walk at least a few hours in the cold morning air. They knew that the mercury would hit the high twenties, so most people were well prepared for the heat.
During the exciting finale of stage 16, Alberto Contador fell during the descent almost causing Chris Froome to fall too.
Stage 16 from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap started immediately with attacks. No attacks from the contenders of the general classifications but from riders who desperately want to earn some money. The first break out was of a group of 20 riders where later on 11 more cyclists joined. This group didn’t make it and was caught after just 29km.
The riders had a well deserved rest on Monday but they don’t think about resigning to the overwhelming power of Christopher Froome.
Alberto Contador admits that Froome is in good shape and that it will be difficult to beat him on the climbs. The cunning Spaniard however, thinks that there are always tactical possibilities and he is still in the race for the first spot. “Position number two as well as position number ten don’t count, I go for number one.”
Netherlands Midfielder Stijn Schaars has signed a three-year deal at the Philips Stadion with Colombian Santiago Arias.
Norway defeated the Netherlands in a women's Euro 2013 group match.
While on Friday his main competitors won time on Froome, he put everything back to order on Sunday when he won the stage to Mount Ventoux.
Friday was a very surprising stage. Stage 13, which was supposed to be a ‘boring’ one, became a thriller instead. It was well-known that the riders would encounter hard winds during the flat stage. Only a few teams saw the advantage of these hard winds.
Marcel Kittel won stage 12 in a man-to-man fight with Mark Cavendish. It’s the third sprint victory of the German rider from the Dutch team Argos-Shimano.
As expected stage 12 from Fougères to Tours ended in a mass sprint. What was not expected was that Marcel Kittel took the win. The final kilometer was a difficult one, with two 90 degrees curves, and most people bet their chances on Mark Cavendish.
FOX Sports Netherlands announced that it has selected Anomaly Amsterdam as its agency of record among a choice of various agencies.
Stage 11, an individual TT over 33km from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel, was powerfully won by the German rider Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.
The construction of a new stadium for Feyenoord in Rotterdam, seems not going to happen. Leefbaar Rotterdam, the largest opposition party in the city council that a decisive say in this matter, is against the plans.
The 14 members of Leefbaar Rotterdam in the council will vote on Thursday unanimously against the construction. Ronald Schneider, leader of the group in the council, announced that on Wednesday night in the television show Toggle & Van den Brink, after the group there spoke earlier that evening about the subject.
Too much risk
Ireland earns a spot at the 2015 World Cup after an exciting tie with the Netherlands on Tuesday.
The Tour de France is a tough sports event where cyclist can be injured badly. Stage 10 showed again the dangers of a mass sprint. Mark Cavendish and Tom Veelers touched each other and Veelers went down at 65 km/hr.
This years’ Tour is not different than previous Tours. Every year riders get injured. Broken ribs, wrists, arms, concussions and scrapes happen almost every day. With high speed the riders hit the asphalt and it is sometimes amazing that they are still alive.
Wright State’s newly signed Richelle van der Keijl is participating at the European Championships in Samsun, Turkey.
On the resting day the Tour is not at rest at all. The cyclists don’t have to ride a stage but, the place is like a bee hive.
Press conferences, latest news from the team doctors, hardware repair, back ground information and previews of the days to come, keep riders, team officials, journalists and tour organisation as busy as on a ‘normal’ day.