The Worlds

limburg 2012

Where the hell is Limburg?


What is Limburg famous for? 

 Limburg’s enchanting landscape with such features as the Vaalserberg, the highest point in the Netherlands at 321 metres, the green Meuse valley in Central Limburg interspersed with numerous lakes, the De Peel region and the extensive wood and heathland characteristic of North Limburg, all contribute to the wide variety of landscape types unique in the Netherlands, rendering Limburg ideal for tourism and leisure activities.

Limburg an der Lahn, a city with a medieval core
Limburg Flag

Quick Dutch Cycling facts.

  • Every Dutch person has one or more bikes?
  • The cycling density is therefore higher than in Germany, Belgium, America and even China?
  • These bikes are also used: 883 kilometres a year per inhabitant. And that this amounts to 14.4 billion kilometres?
  • Last year, 1.3 million bikes were sold in the Netherlands?

Previous winners

2001 Lisbon –  1 Óscar Freire (ESP)  ; Paolo Bettini (ITA);   Andrej Hauptman (SLO)
2002 Zolder/Hasselt -1 Mario Cipollini (ITA);  Robbie McEwen (AUS);  Erik Zabel (GER)
2003 Hamilton – 1 Igor Astarloa (ESP) ; Alejandro Valverde (ESP) ; Peter Van Petegem (BEL)
2004 Verona –  1 Óscar Freire (ESP);  Erik Zabel (GER) ; Luca Paolini (ITA)
2005 Madrid – 1 Tom Boonen (BEL) ; Alejandro Valverde (ESP) ; Anthony Geslin (FRA)
2006 Salzburg – 1 Paolo Bettini (ITA) ; Erik Zabel (GER) ; Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2007 Stuttgart –  1 Paolo Bettini (ITA);  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) ; Stefan Schumacher (GER)
2008 Varese –  1 Alessandro Ballan (ITA) ; Damiano Cunego (ITA);  Matti Breschel (DEN)
2009 Mendrisio –  1 Cadel Evans (AUS);  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS);  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
2010 Geelong – 1 Thor Hushovd (NOR);  Matti Breschel (DEN)  ; Allan Davis (AUS)
2011 Copenhagen – 1 Mark Cavendish (GBR);  Matthew Goss (AUS);  André Greipel (GER)


Sunday 16 September

Elite men’s teams time trial: 53.2km, Valkenburg

Tom Boonen
1 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:03:17.17  
  Tom Boonen (Bel)    
  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)    
  Tony Martin (Ger)    
  Niki Terpstra (Ned)    
  Kristof Vandewalle (Bel)    
  Peter Velits (Svk)    
2 BMC Racing Team 0:00:03.23  
  Alessandro Ballan (Ita)    
  Philippe Gilbert (Bel)    
  Taylor Phinney (USA)    
  Marco Pinotti (Ita)    
  Manuel Quinziato (Ita)    
  Tejay Van Garderen (USA)    
3 Orica GreenEdge 0:00:47.06  
  Sam Bewley (NZl)    
  Luke Durbridge (Aus)    
  Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)    
  Cameron Meyer (Aus)    
  Jens Mouris (Ned)    
  Svein Tuft (Can)    
Orica Greenedge

Elite women’s teams time trial: 34.2km

1 Team Specialized – Lululemon 0:46:31.60  
  Charlotte Becker (Ger)    
  Amber Neben (USA)    
  Evelyn Stevens (USA)    
  Ina Teutenberg (Ger)    
  Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned)    
  Trixi Worrack (Ger)    
2 Orica – Ais 0:00:24.19  
  Judith Arndt (Ger)    
  Shara Gillow (Aus)    
  Loes Gunnewijk (Ned)    
  Melissa Hoskins (Aus)    
  Alexis Rhodes (Aus)    
  Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl)    
3 Aa Drink – Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:01:59.32  
  Chantal Blaak (Ned)    
  Lucinda Brand (Ned)    
  Jessie Daams (Bel)    
  Sharon Laws (GBr)    
  Emma Pooley (GBr)    
  Kirsten Wild (Ned)    
Orica AIS
Limburg Surprise

U23 Men time trial: 36km

1 Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation) 0:44:09.02  
2 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:00:44.39  
3 Damien Howson (Australia) 0:00:51.12  

Damien Howson Bronze u23
An official lifts up Damien Howson of Australia behind the finish line

Coming Up at Limburg

SBS Coverage

On Sunday, SBS 2 are telecasting the mens road race – check local times.

The Aussie Teams



Jersey of the Week – Milltag
The maglia nera (black jersey) was awarded, between 1946 and 1951, to the Giro d’Italia rider who finished last each day in the overall classification. The jersey was abolished because of its negative connotations, but some riders actually considered it an honor, noting that finishing the Giro was considered better than abandoning the race.

This Milltag jersey was inspired by the Magia Nera. Now that’s my sort of jersey.


Toy of the Week – Firefly Titanium Road 007

Firefly use 3/2.5 titanium tubing sourced from aerospace tubing suppliers.

Every titanium frame is tailored to the rider, with tube diameters, wall thicknesses, butt profiles, and shapes selected specifically for the rider.

The result is a velvety smooth, light and efficient bike with excellant durability.

Complete Custom Bikes :: $5,200 to $10,000+

Custom Frameset Price :: $4,000


  • Fully custom frame geometry and tube selection
  • Meticulously TIG-welded construction
  • 68mm English-threaded BB
  • 1⅛” HT
  • Enve 2.0 fork


  • Di2 internal routing // $200
  • Pressfit30 BB // $45
  • Integrated Seat Post // $800
  • Enve 1.0 Fork // $200
  • Oversized HT for integrated headset // $200
    Enve 1½” Tapered fork // $30
  • Rack mounts // no extra cost
  • Fender mounts // no extra cost
  • Pump peg // no extra cost
  • S&S couplers // $1000
  • Horizontal dropouts with or without hanger


Till next week

Tight Spokes


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