After starting the season with a set of two one-day races on his home soil, Stan van Tricht was on one of the strongest riders last week in Greece as the Belgian talent took home a third place in the Rhodes GP and a third place in the overall classification of the Tour of Rhodes. The 21-year old showed his combative spirit day in and day out as he was in the mix for the stage win every single day.”Racing in Rhodes was a great opportunity to race in this period and it was a chance to show the process I made this winter. The fact we had a one-day race and a stage race created a lot of chances to fight for the win with the team. In the GP Rhodes, I felt that the shape was good and also my teammates were performing in front. I ended up with 3rd place, which gave me confidence for the stage race and motivated me because I felt that I missed out on a win there” points out van Tricht. 

The Belgian rider won the Best Young Rider Classification, but he impressed the peloton with his consistency and the fact that he scored Top 5 results in three out of the four stages. “In the stage race, the good legs were still there and after a decent feeling in the prologue, I was looking forward to the next stages which would suit me well. Each stage was characterized by a strong pace in the mountain section and a final with a smaller peloton thereafter. At the final of the first stage, we missed some fine-tuning in the collaboration for the sprint preparation but it was an important learning moment. This worked out in the last two stages where I was brought in a good position by the team which made it possible to take two 3rd places”. 

The preparation for our youngster does not stop here, and the team is actively working behind the scenes to put together another training camp for the beginning of next month. “The next preparation period will be focused on the team camp in Limburg and a camp with the national team. It is again a long period without racing until Fleche Ardennaise, which suits me well, and there I already want to fight for the win, so I’m grateful to be able to bridge this gap with these camps. They also allow me to do some specific work on hilly terrains. But the main goal of the year remains the Giro d’Italia U23, I’m really excited to get the most out of this beautiful race”