Pim Ronhaar "only" fourth in Dutch-dominated World Championships: "In the beginning I was messing around a bit too much"

Pim Ronhaar could have underlined Dutch dominance in Tábor with the first all-Dutch podium at World Championships ever, but ultimately lost to Michael Vanthourenhout.

"Michael was just better," he admitted to WielerFlits. "In the beginning I was messing around a bit too much and I wasn't feeling good about it. I was lucky that Michael also started poorly, so I was able to go with him and gain a gap on the rest. Joris and Mathieu had already flied away at that time. Michael accelerated two laps from the end and I couldn't keep up."

How does Ronhaar explain that poor start? "I was maybe a little too nervous. It was super fast the first few laps, which made it difficult for me to get into my rhythm. Actually, we didn't really have a plan. If Mathieu was thirty seconds away, we could also race behind him."

So not a completely Dutch podium. "I did believe in it at one point. When I was in the lead, I occasionally got a gap of a few meters, which made me think I was pulling away. But that was not the case," said Ronhaar who will continue his cross season in two weeks time in Brussels.

Place comments



More comments

You are currently seeing only the comments you are notified about, if you want to see all comments from this post, click the button below.

Show all comments