Friday, June 3, 2016

Zavod Miru U23 Stage 1: Down to the final seconds for Auer

How about that wordplay? Right? Guys...guys? In any case, stage one of the Zavod Miru U23 Nations Cup lived up to its expectations with an early breakaway taking up the first half of the race followed by another more successful breakaway that was swallowed up by the peloton within the final kilometer.

The original breakaway was a 4-man move than consisted of Justin Oien (USA), Sven Reutter (Germany), Ole Forfang (Norway) and Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile/UCI Cycling Centre). There gap didn't get too big and were swallowed up in quick succession.

The main move of the day came from Pascal Eenkhoorn (BMC Development/Netherlands), who escaped with about 50 kilometers to go and got a substantial gap. The bunch was in efficiency mode with many not wanting to exert themselves too much with the mountains looming. A variety of teams came to the fore to bring it back but on the final lap, the gap began to plummet. Within the final kilometer, Eenkhoorn was taken back but his team was still in a good position.

Out of the final right hand bend, first year U23 Bob Olieslagers (Netherlands) led out the sprint and looked to be in a good position to win until the dying meters when Daniel Auer (Austria) came out of the slipstream to power ahead in the final meters to take the victory. Polish rider Michal Paluta came in a close 3rd while Oli Wood (Great Britain) was 4th and El Medhi Chokri (Morocco/UCI Cycling Centre) came in 5th.

Full results are still not final at the time of this posting but will be found here

More to follow...

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