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Time for a win in Zeeland

After three second places in a row for the riders of the Blanco Pro Cycling Team, Michael Elijzen thinks it’s time for an outright victory in the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports. Since 2010, Jos van Emden, Theo Bos and Lars Boom have come ever so close. This year, the team has prepared for several scenarios but all aiming for nothing short of first place.

“We are anticipating the bunch sprint with Theo Bos and several other members of the sprint train. Theo has shown his best side in Norway with a strong stage although his fall in the Bayern Rundfahrt was regrettable”,
said Elijzen. “Should the going get tough, we have guys like Jetse Bol, Lars Boom and Jos van Emden who can handle the cobbles along the parcours and play an important role. We want to win. After all the second places and a third place from Jos in 2011 to boot, it’s time to take the win for a change. I feel that we can execute a number of different plans with this team.”

Lars Boom
Boom is encouraged by his second place in the last edition and thinks that the added cobble plays to his strength. “Last year, I got beaten in the sprint from a lead out. This year, there have been extra stretches of cobble added and that makes it more attractive for me. With some wind thrown in for good measure, it could turn out to be a nicely challenging race. We also have considerable sprint talent so we’re ready for anything.”

Jos van Emden
Van Emden knows that the team will be looking to Theo Bos if the weather is good. “But if the conditions are nasty, I like to see about getting a spot on top of the podium. Winning is always nice and I have no problems with the cobble. It suits me just fine. On top of that, my girlfriend comes from that area, so I am looking forward to it!”

Team line-up: Theo Bos, Graeme Brown, Moreno Hofland, Mark Renshaw, Lars Boom, Jetse Bol, Jos van Emden and Rick Flens – Sports Director: Michiel Elijzen

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