The Rhodes GP featured the kick-off of our Greek journey. The 186 km long race, featured two climbs and it was our first point of contact ahead of the 4-day long Tour of Rhodes that will start on the 8th of April. The day was off to a quiet start, but shortly after fireworks started, and several groups tried to make it up the road.
Our flag was properly represented at all times, with our talents sticking to the plan and not letting any big groups go away without our colors. On the way to the second and last climb of the day, we took the front again with the aim of reducing the bunch and having more options in the final sprint. A really good job by the guys so the front group down to around 25 riders, with Wood, Hoole, Frigo and van Tricht of the Academy. Stan van Tricht, was our best-placed rider in the sprint with a hard-fought third place in the day while Wood crossed the line in eighth.
Ioannis Tamouridis, SEG Racing Academy Performance Manager and DS for the race:
“The race was very hard because of the wind. Because the parcour was basically a lap around the island, it was easy to know that the direction of the wind would constantly change. Our plan was clear, we did not want to let any big groups go without being part of it, and with 40-50 km to go, we wanted to make the race hard and reduce the group so we could have more options at the end. The guys rode really well, always in front, and that was proven after the last climb where we had 4 riders in a group of 25 and Stan sprinted to third. It’s a great starting point, and we want to keep showing ourselves in the stage race next week”.