Saturday, February 7, 2015

Theuns going for it down in Besseges

If you haven't read this blog ever (which you would be insane not to) then let me remind you of Edward Theuns. Now I know that he isn't a U23 right now but this year, I've been venturing out side of the espoirs realm a bit. When I was coming into cycling, the U23 names at that time included Wilco Kelderman, Taylor Phinney, John Degenkolb and many other now professionals.

Theuns over Bol, Phinney and Degenkolb
In 2010, these guys along with Jetse Bol were ripping it up in Triptyque Monts et Chateaux including on the final stage to Tournai. Coming into the sprint, Phinney, Bol and Degenkolb looked to be battling it out but from seemingly out of nowhere, Edward Theuns came up the inside and held on to take a spectacular win. At the time, he was a college kid riding for a Belgian amateur team and he upset three golden boys. How can you not like that? Theuns stuck with college while in the U23s but was rewarded with a contract with Topsport Vlaanderen.
As of stage 4 of Etoille de Besseges, Theuns has an average placing this year of 4.8. He has used bonus seconds to his advantage to take the lead from Kris Boeckmans on stage 3. He has a time trial in his legs but it will be a big ask against the likes of Bob Jungels, who sits just 30 seconds back.

You have at least one person from America cheering you on.

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