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2016 Volta Limburg Classic (1.1), Netherlands

43rd edition: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Volta Limburg Classic historic results | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Start list

Eijsden - Eijsden, 198.6 km

Floris Gerts

Floris Gerts get his first pro win

The Race: Here's the story from winner Floris Gerts' BMC team.

02 April 2016, Eijsden (NED): Floris Gerts stormed home to take his first win as a professional at Volta Limburg Classic today, in what was a race controlled by BMC Racing Team. Philippe Gilbert crossed the line in third place to replicate BMC Racing Team's first and third podium places from 2015. We had a chat to Floris after his win to find out just how much it means to him.

You've taken your first victory as a professional cyclist on home soil. It probably doesn't get any better than that?

"No it is exactly how you put it. For me it feels like my home ride and I train a lot in this area. Although I haven't trained here in the last six months, I know all of the road and exactly where and what was coming. I was actually looking forward to this race all year and this week I said to myself that I have to give it everything. I didn't want any regrets after the race. It was really a team effort."

Talk us through the day for you.

"There wasn't really much wind. We just made sure that we were riding up the front and didn't have to chase two big groups. There was a breakaway and Tom Bohli and Manuel Senni did a great job controlling the group and this was really important. After they did this, we could race with the really strong efforts of Dylan Teuns and Loic Vliegen in the front group. They made the race really hard and after this, I decided to attack because I felt really strong. I went with Rick Zabel and from that moment I gave it everything. I was feeling so sick on the bike and then Philippe Gilbert, Loic and Dylan came to the front and then it was an unbelievably good situation. In the last kilometer Philippe pushed me a little so I attacked again. The other guys behind me weren't really chasing but I don't really know what happened behind me. I kept going and I got to the finish line. It felt like all of the other riders deserved the win just as much, so it really was a team effort. I cannot describe it better than that."

You were racing in Holland for the first time this year. How much more special did that make it?

"My grandfather was there to see me race which was really special because he is getting old. I don't know if he saw everything but it was really special that my two brothers and my parents came with my grandfather to watch the race. For them it is also home as my grandfather comes from here and my mother also."

You've had a few races back since your crash at Le Samyn and today really shows that you've recovered. How confident are you going into your next races?

"I just wanted to give the race today everything I had. Winning is unbelievable but I also got a lot of confidence out of some other races like E3 Harelbeke, so I'm looking forward to the next races."

Results:

198.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.191 km/hr

1 GERTS Floris BMC 4hr 56min 29sec
2 COLBRELLI Sonny Bardiani-CSF s.t.
3 GILBERT Philippe BMC @ 2sec
4 ZABEL Rick BMC s.t.
5 FILOSI Iuri Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
6 DUYN Huub Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
7 HAGEN Krister Coop-Oster Hus s.t.
8 PARDINI Olivier Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
9 VLIEGEN Loïc BMC 0:00:06
10 TEUNS Dylan BMC 0:00:12
11 VERMELTFOORT Coen Join's-De Rijke 0:00:13
12 HOFLAND Moreno LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
13 DRUYTS Gerry Crelan-Vastgoedsevice s.t.
14 REIHS Michael Stölting Service Group s.t.
15 MEIJERS Jeroen Rabobank Development s.t.
16 VON HOFF Steele One Pro Cycling s.t.
17 REINDERS Elmar Cyclingteam Jo Piels s.t.
18 FREIENSTEIN Raffael Kuota-Lotto s.t.
19 MEURISSE Xandro Crelan-Vastgoedsevice s.t.
20 KREDER Michel Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
21 CALMEJANE Lilian Driect Energie s.t.
22 LAMMERTINK Maurits Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
23 VEREECKEN Nicolas An Post-Chain Reaction s.t.
24 EVRARD Laurent 3M s.t.
25 STASSEN Julien Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
26 JACOBS Pieter Crelan-Vastgoedsevice s.t.
27 ZANOTTI Marco Parkhotel Valkenburg s.t.
28 REBELLIN Davide CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
29 SAVITSKY Ivan Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
30 RIESEBEEK Oscar Metec TKH s.t.
31 ROTA Lorenzo Bardiani-CSF s.t.
32 DE TIER Floris Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
33 LENDERINK Peter Rabobank Development s.t.
34 LIETAER Eliot Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
35 COENEN Dennis Crelan-Vastgoedsevice s.t.
36 JENSEN August Coop-Oster Hus s.t.
37 GRELLIER Fabien Driect Energie s.t.
38 JANSSENS Jimmy 3M s.t.
39 OCKELOEN Jasper Parkhotel Valkenburg s.t.
40 HOEKSTRA Jochem Parkhotel Valkenburg s.t.
41 DE NEGRI Pier Paolo Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
42 ZILIOLI Gianfranco Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
44 VAN LUIJK Sven Parkhotel Valkenburg s.t.
45 MEIJERS Daan Join's-De Rijke s.t.
46 BOL Jetse Join's-De Rijke s.t.
47 SENNI Manuel BMC s.t.
48 DE GREEF Robbert Join's-De Rijke s.t.
49 LUKKEDAL Oivind Coop-Oster Hus s.t.
50 GRAZIATO Massimo Parkhotel Valkenburg s.t.
51 OWSIAN Lukasz CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
52 GROENEWEGEN Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
53 GROEN Ike Join's-De Rijke s.t.
54 SOLOMENNIKOV Andrey Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
55 TUSVELD Martijn Rabobank Development 0:01:05
56 VAN EMDEN Jos LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:31
57 MORTENSEN Martin One Pro Cycling 0:01:36
58 VERGAERDE Otto Topsport Vlaanderen 0:01:41
59 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Roompot Oranje Peloton 0:01:43
60 THÉVENOT Guillaume Driect Energie 0:01:44
61 BIALOBLOCKI Marcin One Pro Cycling 0:02:20
62 RUIJGH Rob Crelan-Vastgoedsevice s.t.
63 PLUCINSKI Leszek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
64 KUSTADINCHEV Roman Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:03:31
65 CASTELIJNS Twan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
66 KEIZER Martijn LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
67 HIRT Jan CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
68 BOEM Nicola Bardiani-CSF s.t.
69 NOLTEN Bram Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:03:34
70 CUNEGO Damiano Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
71 SIMION Paolo Bardiani-CSF 0:03:51
72 LEMARCHAND Romain Stölting Service Group s.t.
73 MAESTRI Mirco Bardiani-CSF s.t.
74 MROZEK Marcin CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:03:53
75 GMELICH MEIJLING Jarno Metec TKH s.t.
76 DELFOSSE Sébastien Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
77 BOL Cees Rabobank Development s.t.
78 MOL Wouter Join's-De Rijke 0:13:53

2016 Volta Limburg Classic map:

2016 Volta Limburg CLassic map

2016 Volta Limburg Classic map

Start list with back numbers, April 1, 2016:

BMC RACING TEAM
DS: Jackson Stewart
1 GILBERT Philippe
2 TEUNS Dylan
3 GERTS Floris
4 HERMANS Ben
5 SENNI Manuel
6 BOHLI Tom
7 VLIEGEN Loïc
8 ZABEL Rick
LOTTO NL - JUMBO
DS: Frans Maasen
11 HOFLAND Moreno
12 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
13 KEIZER Martijn
14 LAMMERTINK Steven
15 CASTELIJNS Twan
16 LEEZER Tom
17 VAN EMDEN Jos
18 VERMEULEN Alexey
CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
DS: Piotr Wadecki
21 REBELLIN Davide
22 MIHAILOV Nikolai
23 MROZEK Marcin
24 OWSIAN Lukasz
25 PLUCINSKI Leszek
26 HONKISZ Adrian
27 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix
28 HIRT Jan
ROOMPOT ORANJE PELOTON
DS: Jean Paul van Poppel
31 KREDER Michel
32 DUYN Huub
33 HONIG Reinier
34 LOOIJ André
35 LAMMERTINK Maurits
36 TOLHOEK Antwan
37 VAN DER LIJKE Nick
38 MARKUS Barry
GAZPROM - RUSVELO
DS: Serguei Ivanov
41 BOEV Igor
42 KUSTADINCHEV Roman
43 NIKOLAEV Sergey
44 SAVITSKY Ivan
45 MANAKOV Victor
46 SHALUNOV Evgeny
47 SOLOMENNIKOV Andrey
48 STASH Mamyr
STÖLTING SERVICE GROUP
DS: Andre Steensen
51 CIOLEK Gerald
52 GULDHAMMER PEDERSEN Rasmus
53 KIRSCH Alex
54 LEMARCHAND Romain
55 MAGER Christian
56 REIHS Michael
57 TENBROCK Jonas
58 WEGMANN Fabian
BARDIANI CSF
DS: Roberto Reverberi
61 COLBRELLI Sonny
62 TONELLI Alessandro
63 BOEM Nicola
64 ROTA Lorenzo
65 MAESTRI Mirco
66 RUFFONI Nicola
67 SIMION Paolo
68 STERBINI Luca
NIPPO - VINI FANTINI
DS: Mario Manzoni
71 CUNEGO Damiano
72 DE NEGRI Pier Paolo
73 FILOSI Iuri
74 GROSU Eduard Michael
75 ISHIBASHI Manabu
76 KOISHI Yuma
77 STACCHIOTTI Riccardo
78 ZILIOLI Gianfranco
DIRECT ENERGIE
DS: Lylian Lebreton
81 BOUDAT Thomas
82 CALMEJANE Lilian
83 GUILLEMOIS Romain
84 GRELLIER Fabien
86 THÉVENOT Guillaume
ONE PRO CYCLING
DS: Matthew Winston
91 GOSS Matthew Harley
92 BIALOBLOCKI Marcin
93 HOUSE Kristian
94 HUNT Joshua
95 LANDER Sebastian
96 MORTENSEN Martin
97 OPIE Chris
98 VON HOFF Steele
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE
DS: Hans de Clercq
101 WALLAYS Jens
102 FARAZIJN Maxime
103 LIETAER Eliot
104 POLS Ruben
105 VAN GESTEL Dries
106 VAN MEIRHAEGHE Jef
107 VERGAERDE Otto
108 DE TIER Floris
RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT TEAM
DS: Richard Groenendaal
111 TUSVELD Martijn
112 CORNELISSE Mitchell
113 KOREVAAR Merijn
114 LENDERINK Peter
115 MEIJERS Jeroen
116 BOL Cees
TEAM KUOTA-LOTTO
DS: Markus Felsing
121 BACKOFEN Moritz
122 BENOIT Andre
123 DOMBROWSKI Frederik
124 FREIENSTEIN Raffael
125 HATZ Christopher
126 MEISEN Marcel
127 RETSCHKE Robert
128 WESTMATTELMANN Daniel
BABYDUMP CYCLING TEAM
DS: Paul Lacroix
131 DEKKER Sjors
132 VAN DE VALL Lars
133 KERS Koos Jeroen
134 OTTEMA Rick
135 SWEERING Harry
136 TIMMERMANS Tristan
137 VAN BREDA Rick
138 VERMEER Tom
CRELAN-VASTGOEDSERVICE
DS: Roger Loysch
141 BOUCHER David
142 DRUYTS Gerry
143 EIJSSEN Yannick
144 JACOBS Pieter
145 MEURISSE Xandro
146 ROBERT Frederique
147 RUIJGH Rob
148 STEVENS Timothy
PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG
DS: Raymond Rol
151 OCKELOEN Jasper
152 GRAZIATO Massimo
153 HOEKSTRA Jochem
154 BECKERINGH Derk Abel
155 SCHULTING Peter
156 VAN BEUSICHEM Thijs
157 VAN LUIJK Sven
158 ZANOTTI Marco
CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS
DS: Sjaak van Hooft
161 BOS Maikel
162 BOSMAN Gert-Jan
163 BRUSSELMAN Twan
164 JANSSEN Adriaan
165 POUTSMA Stefan
166 REINDERS Elmar
167 VAN RHEE Joey
168 VERDICK Gijs
METEC TKH CONTINENTAL CYCLING TEAM
DS: Adri van Houwelingen
171 ARIESEN Johim
172 HAMELINK Jasper
173 KOUWENHOVEN Sjoerd
174 KRUL Stef
175 LINDENBERG Jim
176 VAN BAKEL Robbie
177 VAN DER ZWET Arno
178 VAN TRIJP Maarten
TEAM 3M
DS: Bernard Moerman
181 CAMMAERTS Edwig
182 DE VOS Gert-Jan
183 EVRARD Laurent
184 GODERIS Jelle
185 JANSSENS Dick
186 JANSSENS Jimmy
187 VAN DONGEN Ricardo
188 WILLEMS Kenny
CYCLINGTEAM JOIN'S - DE RIJKE
DS: Frank Kwanten
191 EVERSDIJK Matthijs
192 DE GREEF Robbert
193 BOL Jetse
194 GROEN Ike
195 BUGTER Luuc
196 MEIJERS Daan
197 MOL Wouter
198 SLOOF Jordi
AN POST - CHAINREACTION
DS: Kurt Bogaerts
201 BENNETT Sean
202 BOVENHUIS Jasper
203 MCCONVEY Connor
204 SCOTT Jacob
205 SHAW Damien
206 VEREECKEN Nicolas
207 WATSON Calvin
208 WILSON Jack
WALLONIE BRUXELLES - GROUP PROTECT
DS: Olivier Kaisen
211 DELFOSSE Florent
212 DELFOSSE Sébastien
213 PARDINI Olivier
214 DERUETTE Thomas
215 PONS Gaetan
216 STASSEN Julien
217 WARNIER Antoine
218 WERTZ Thomas
COOP-OSTER HUS
DS: Gilbert de Weerdt
221 AUSTEVOLL Ole Andre
222 BLIKRA Haavard
223 HAGEN Krister
224 JENSEN August
225 LANDA Oscar
226 LUKKEDAL Oivind
227 REGE Even
228 SANDNES OLSEN Andreas
DIFFERDANGE - LOSCH
DS:
231 BENGTSSON Filip
232 CENTRONE Ivan
233 DEWORTELAER Serge
234 KAUPAS Gediminas
235 DA SILVA Tiago
236 PETELIN Jan
237 RAYMACKERS Cedric
238 STIJNS Wayne