Roompot–Charles (UCI team code: ROC) was a Dutch UCI Professional Continental men's cycling team. The team's principal sponsor was Roompot Vakanties, a Dutch holiday company. The team's first season was the 2015 cycling season, during which the team was invited to participate in UCI World Tour races including the 2015 Eneco Tour and the 2015 Tour of Flanders, as well as various other spring classics races. The team only hired Dutch cyclists, the most prominent of whom was Johnny Hoogerland. Roompot's debut race was the 2015 Vuelta a Mallorca stage race. The team's first win came in August 2015 in the Tour du Limousin, where Maurits Lammertink won a bunch sprint.
|Status||UCI Professional Continental|
|Website||Team home page|
|General manager||Erik Breukink|
|Team name history|
Team Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij
Roompot's beginnings came in the spring of 2014, when Erik Breukink, who was formerly the manager of the Dutch team Rabobank, announced that he was seeking to create a new Dutch squad to ride at the UCI Professional Continental level. There were Dutch teams riding at UCI World Tour and UCI Continental levels, but none in the middle tier of professional cycling. Breukink announced his hope that the team would support the development of young Dutch riders. Other people involved in the development of the team included Michael Boogerd, Jean-Paul van Poppel and Michael Zijlaard.
While the team was under development, it was known as Orange Cycling in reference to the national colour of the Netherlands. The team sought sponsorship from several companies, but most prominently from Roompot Vakanties. Another Dutch team, WorldTour team Belkin Pro Cycling, were also seeking a new title sponsor and were seen as in direct competition with Orange Cycling for the Roompot sponsorship.
On 13 August 2014, it was announced that Roompot had decided to sponsor the Orange Cycling project, apparently in part because the intention only to sign Dutch riders matched Roompot's marketing strategy. The following day, the team announced its first rider, Johnny Hoogerland, who had previously ridden for another Dutch team, Vacansoleil–DCM.
The team was launched on 2 January 2015, at the Six Days of Rotterdam. The launch gave prominence to the squad's Dutch identity, including the return of orange cycling jerseys, traditionally the colour of the Rabobank team. Breukink announced that the team would race for the first time at the Vuelta a Mallorca, and was considering the possibility of applying to participate in the 2015 Vuelta a España.
The team made its debut at the 2015 Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos, part of the Vuelta a Mallorca. Raymond Kreder finished in sixth place. He also took the team's next top 10 result: ninth place in the 2015 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne. Kreder finished in third place on the final stage of the 2015 Volta ao Algarve, but he was relegated to the back of the group for improper sprinting.
Roompot's first top-ten results of the spring classics season came in Drenthe, with fourth place for Jesper Asselman in the Ronde van Drenthe and ninth place for Wesley Kreder the following day in the Dwars door Drenthe. Andre Looij also finished fourth in the Handzame Classic.
In the 2015 Eneco Tour, Asselman spent two days in the breakaway and picked up bonus seconds that put him in the race lead. This was the first time that any Roompot rider had led any UCI-ranked race. The following week, the team won its first ever victory: Maurits Lammertink won a bunch sprint on the final stage of the Tour du Limousin. This was followed the same day by the team's second victory through Dylan Groenewegen in the Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic.
For the 2016 season, Roompot signed Pieter Weening from Orica–GreenEDGE, a rider who had won three grand tour stages in the past. He attributed his decision to sign for the team to its Dutch identity; it was also suggested that the team may receive a wildcard entry for the 2016 Giro d'Italia, which starts in the Netherlands.
Final team rosterEdit
- As of 24 January 2019.
- Stage 4 Tour du Limousin, Maurits Lammertink
- Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic, Dylan Groenewegen
- Brussels Cycling Classic, Dylan Groenewegen
- Ronde van Drenthe, Jesper Asselman
- Overall Tour of Norway, Pieter Weening
- Stage 2, Pieter Weening
- Overall Tour de Luxembourg Maurits Lammertink
- Stage 6 Tour de Suisse, Pieter Weening
- Stage 3 Tour of Norway, Pieter Weening
- Schaal Sels, Taco Van der Hoorn
- Stage 3 Tour of Austria, Pieter Weening
- KOGA Slag om Norg, Jan-Willem Van Schip
- Stage 3 Binck Bank Tour, Taco Van der Hoorn
- Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde Meulebeke, Wouter Wippert
- Primus Classic, Taco Van der Hoorn
- Points race, UCI Track World Championships, Jan Willem van Schip
- Stage 1 Tour de Yorkshire, Jesper Asselman
- Mountains classification Tour of Norway Elmar Reinders
- Stage 2 Tour de Luxembourg, Pieter Weening
- Stage 1 Tour of Belgium, Jan Willem van Schip
- GP Briek Schotte, Arjen Livyns
- Kerkhof, Michael (29 November 2018). "Nieuwe kleding voor Roompot-Charles" [New clothes for Roompot-Charles]. Fiets (in Dutch). New Skool Media. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- "Orange Cycling secure two-year sponsorship from Roompot Vakanties". Cyclingnews.com. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "News shorts: Solovey signs for Astana-Acca Due O, Roompot secure Classics invitations". Cyclingnews.com. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Hoogerland becomes first rider to sign for Roompot Orange". Cyclingnews.com. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Bos, Johann (29 January 2015). "Debuut voor Team Roompot in Challenge Ciclista Mallorca". http://wielertours.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 February 2015. External link in
- Vergouwen, Thomas (13 August 2014). "The Continental Pro cycling team Orange Cycling will be sponsored by Roompot Vakanties". Velowire. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Cossins, Peter (11 June 2014). "Breukink "hopeful" about new Dutch team". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Belkin and Orange Cycling await Roompot Vakanties' sponsorship decision". Cyclingnews.com. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Maak kennis met Roompot, 100% oranje". Sporza.be (in Dutch). 3 January 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Gallery: Team Roompot presented in Rotterdam". Cyclingnews.com. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos - Classic". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2015 - Classic". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- Grandi, Stefano (22 February 2015). "Giro Algarve: Tappa a Greipel, corsa a Thomas" (in Italian). Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Eneco Tour: succes voor Roompot" [Eneco Tour: success for Roompot]. De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- "Weening tekent bij ploeg Boogerd" [Weening signs for Boogerd's team]. De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- Brown, Gregor (30 August 2018). "Veranda's Willems-Crelan and Roompot-NL Loterij to merge and ride as Roompot-Crelan for 2019". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- Kerkhof, Michael (5 October 2018). "Lammertink en Van Poppel maken Roompot-Charles compleet" [Lammertink and Van Poppel complete Roompot-Charles]. Fiets (in Dutch). New Skool Media. Retrieved 24 January 2019.