After yesterday’s thrilling stage up the Paterberg, the SEG eRacing U23 Series entered into the last stage, heading up to the Mont Ventoux, with the Top 5 distanced by just 16 seconds. Yesterday’s winner, Zappi-Holdsworth’s Paul Wright, started the day with the leaders jersey gapping Arensman, Frigo and Wood by just six seconds and teammate Mason Hollyman by 16.
The race was off to a fast start with several riders trying to break clear before the slopes of the Mont Ventoux kicked in. However the peloton did no let any attacks go, and the group entered in one piece to the food of the climb. The high pace forced some riders to drop with the race leader losing contact with the group of favorties with 10 km to the top. Two kilometers later, Mason Hollyman tried his luck but the attack was later brought back by a group of five riders. After several moves from all of them, the race arrived to 1500 meters to go with 4 riders in the lead, Mason Hollyman, Thymen Arensman, Marco Frigo and Sinder M Kulset. Yet again, the British rider attacked from far, but could not surprise a very strong Marco Frigo who timed his effort perfectly and took the lead with 500 m to go. He held on all the way to the top and seized the stage win and the overall victory. Mason Hollyman crossed the line in second place and Thymen Arensman in third.
Marco Frigo, first-ever SEG eRacing Academy U23 Series overall winner:
“It was a really hard race, but we did a very good job. It was the queen stage of the competition, so the riders who were aiming for GC we tried to save a bit of energy every little day while thinking about the Mont Ventoux. In the first half I tried to ride an easy pace, and in the second I wanted to follow my rivals and go all out in the last two kilometers. It worked out well, and it was really nice for the team to finish off these three days like this”.