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Time to catch up with a few results.

U23 Ronde Van Vlaanderen (NCup)

The Nations Cup continued with the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen, won by a relative neophyte in cycling, the 21-year old Aussie James Whelan. He beat perennial favourites Max Kanter and countryman Robert Stannard but until a few weeks ago it wasn't even certain he would be there.



The full story on that is at CyclingTips:

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/04/faces-of-the-future-u23-tour-of-flanders-winner-james-whelan/

ZLM Toer (NCup)

Then over the last weekend, the fourth round of the Nations Cup, the ZLM Toer, brought the early Spring campaign to a conclusion with a big bunch sprint.

1. Moschetti, Matteo *it 3:51:23
2. Weemaes, Sasha *be z.t.
3. Kanter, Max *de z.t.
4. Barbier, Pierre *fr z.t.
5. Jerman, Ziga *si z.t.
6. Rostovtsev, Sergei *ru z.t.
7. Oliveira, Rui *pt z.t.
8. Marchetti, Moreno *it z.t.
9. Lonardi, Giovanni *it z.t.
10. Grosser, Aaron *de z.t.

The Aussie heroes of Flanders were, according to a BTL comment in the earlier article, less successful here, with crashes and injuries for both Whelan and Stannard.

U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Not an NCup race, and therefore disputed by "club" teams, the youth LBL is nonetheless a world class event and there was an upset in the result as TT specialist Almeida beat out the climbers with a solo ride to the line.

"Based on what he's been showing in the last few weeks, it's a surprise to see Joao at this level," said DS Koos Moerenhout, who had marked out Philipsen, Barta and Oliveira as #axeon 's leaders for the race. The Belgian was cooked, the American had a bad day and the Portuguese finished 20th behind his compatriot.

And let us not forget that Almeida, folks, is just 19 years old.



https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/65448/joao-almeida-a-surpris-son-directeur-sportif (FR)
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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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