After some severe weather in the area in recent days, there was a slight change of route for the Profronde van Drenthe, with the peloton taking on the VAM-berg twice towards the middle of the race before a flat final 40 kilometres or so. It was a steady start to the afternoon with Tim Naberman and Leon Heinschke riding well to help control the early break of three, helping to position the rest of the team heading into the VAM-berg circuit. As expected there were attacks in the bunch over the top of the climb where Niklas Märkl and Sean Flynn did well to shut anything down.
With the bunch all together over the last ascent the race made its way towards the finish town of Hoogeveen, with the original breakaway trio still out front. Entering a twisting and narrow section of road with 25 kilometres to go the bunch split with Tobias Lund Andresen, Casper van Uden, Sam Welsford and Flynn all making it into the front group of around 20 riders. The pace stayed high and the original break were caught but heading towards the last ten kilometres things became tactical with lots of probing attacks, before a four man group went clear which featured Andresen. With fast finisher Welsford behind, Andresen tried to do as little possible in the front group while also maintaining some cooperation.
Entering the final three kilometres the gap to the now swelling peloton was around 25 seconds and with the impetus leaving that chasing group, the chance for Andresen’s group increased. Unfortunately, eventual race winner Hagenes caught the other trio off guard with a well timed attack and held onto his advantage despite a spirited effort in the chase by Andresen, who would go on to win the sprint for second place. Welsford led the peloton home in fifth, while Van Uden held on for ninth after a good leadout by the team.