Gouden Pijl criterium in Emmen

Bauke Mollema is a busy guy. Fresh out of the Tour the France he raced and won the Boxmeer criterium, raced in Surhuisterveen, won the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain and then raced in Rio at the Olympics. And then he came back the the Netherlands as soon as he could to race in the Gouden Pijl criterium yesterday.

Of course Bauke wasn’t there all alone. Together with Bauke the organisation of the Gouden Pijl managed to get Andre Greipel, Pim Ligthart and Marcel Siebert from the Lotto – Soudal team and from Lotto Jumbo Dylan Groeneweg and Bert-Jan Lindeman. And there was also a big delegation of the Roompot Oranje peleton and many others.

In total a group of 40 runners raced in Emmen last night and as with every criterium there were many prices during the race. for best over three laps, best sprinter, most attacking rider, etc, etc, etc. The group split often up in smaller groups, some runners broke out on their own only to have the whole group reunite in the later part.

The track is a bit more exciting then the one in Surhuisterveen and  there’s even a tunnel to race through. Luckily no  accidents with the blow-up banners over the course as last year, so the group could simply put their minds fully on racing.

In the end a small group broke away from the pack and after the last few rounds it was Andre Greipel who managed to cross the line first before Bert-Jan Lindeman in second and Bauke Mollema in third.

In photography I tried to continue on the path of the shots I did in Surhuisterveen. With the sun setting, the light was not too helpful. Also I tried some  angles and setting my Canon 1DmkIII clearly wasn’t matched up to, but in all I’m quite happy with the set.

The camera wasn’t too thrilled with my ideas here
Blue hour and the end of the race

Click any of the images for the full set.