Today’s Lillehammer GP featured the second leg, out of three, of the UNOX-Development weekend. The race presented a tough 20 km long circuit that the bunch tackled a total of seven times, for a total 134 km.
The race was off to a fast start with several attempts to make it up the road. Our always-combative Sven Burger represented the Academy flag in some of the moves, but they did not stack. However, the peloton broke into pieces when chasing a duo of riders that were in the front with Daan Hoole, Ide Schelling and trainee Wessel Krul, made it to first the 20-man group. Precisely Schelling, launched a hard attack with 17 km to go as the race hit one of the hardest slopes of the day, going on a solo chase to the sole leader. The Dutch all-rounder cut the gap down to 10 seconds, but fatigue kicked in and it was brought back to the bunch with 4 km to go.
The leading group went into the last kilometer in one piece, and in the final sprint our Daan Hoole made his way to fifth in the day. Following his Top 10 finish in yesterday’s TT, shows the high level of form that the U23 Dutch National TT champion is in. Tomorrow we will fight for the win in Gylne Gutuer.