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by Mark Zalewski
March 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
The Arnhem Veenendaal Classic, which was in doubt for this year, will run under its old name, the Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won the past two editions.
Dylan Groenewegen won the Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic in 2015 and 2016.
The name change comes from the parting of the city of Arnhem and the Gelderland province, organiser Job van Schuppen told Omroep Gelderland. The city of Arnhem decided to quit after years of collaboration and financial support.
“That means we have to look for other sources. But our ambitions remain high,” said Van Schuppen. “We will certainly start looking for good riders. Thijs Zonneveld, our director, plays a big role.”
As of last July the 2016 edition was itself in doubt, but organisers were able to pull off the event a month later.
The race was known by this name until 2006 when it was renamed the Dutch Food Valley Classic. Since 2014 it was called the Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic. The 200-kilometre race, held on 18 August, will still partially pass through the Gelderland province.
Click through to read more at Omroep Gelderland.