After GP Pienza two weeks ago, the SEG eRacing U19 and U23 Series were back to full swing today with the Mont Ventoux Challenge. the race featured 25 hard kilometers all the way up the mythical french climb. The race was off to a fast start with our Jordi Meeus taking a head start on the peloton as he went away in the first meters of the race. After being caught by the bunch, it was fellow Belgian, Milan Paulus who broke clear as the main group hit the first hard slopes of the climb.
The Belgian youngster kept on growing his gap to the peloton, where the rest of his teammates were able to ride safe and easy while keeping fresh energy in their legs. Shortly after the race went past the halfway point, Paulus was caught by the a reduces bunch of riders, including our Harrison Wood. The group did not stick together for long and some attacks started to take place shortly after. Darren van Bekkum from WV Eemlandwent went clear, but the Thymen Arensman, Harrison Wood and Marco Frigo organized themselves to steadily chase the leader behind.
With a bit over than 5 km to the top, Harrison Wood jumped away from the chasing group and caught up for with the race leader. Both rider rode together for a few kilometers but 2 km shy from the top Thymen Arensman together with three other riders got up to the leading duo, but the Dutch climber lost no time and attacked straight away. That one was eventually the winning move as Arensman went solo to the top with Darren van Bekkum crossing the line in second and winning the U19 category and George Mills Keeling rounding up the podium. Both winners of the GP Pienza, George Wood (in the U19 Category) and Harrison Wood (as U23) completed the Top 5.
The full results will be live on FirstCycling.com shortly.