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It's that time of the year when, although the Nations Cup is on hold while we transition from Spring to Summer, some of the U23 banner events are held.

In recent weeks we had the Circuit des Ardennes stage race and the Flèche Ardennaise classic which, although open to CT-level teams and therefore much older, more experienced riders, are important proving grounds for youngsters.

Runner up in the former and winner of the latter was 22-year old Dutchman Cees Bol of #seg, a rider agency-backed team that rivals #axeon in depth and quality of future greats.

We also had the Gran Premio della Liberazione in Rome with a solo win for Alessandro Fedeli ahead of that man Ziga Jerman and former SEG now #wiggins fastman Gabriel Cullaigh. Fedeli had also picked up the hefty accolade of the Trofeo Edil C back in early April.

Right now we are in the middle of the Ronde de l'Isard, one of the great U23 climbers' races which takes place in the Pyrenéean foothills and SEG is at it again. The first two stages were both won by Brit Stephen Williams, who is in his second season with the Dutch team. Also featuring strongly so far are Belgium's Julian Mertens and soon-to-be #ag2r neo pro Aurélien Paret-Peintre.
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  • Cycling is a Europe thing only and I only watch from Omloop on cause I am cool and sh*t
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