Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23 by Nathan Brown-Bontrager

 

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23 by Nathan Brown-Bontrager

 

Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23 by Nathan Brown-Bontrager

 

On a cool April day, tensions were set high and the stakes were even higher as the race continued.  On tap for the day was a hilly, 180k race known as the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege.  It is a shorter version of the pro race. We went into the race as the favored team to win, with Jasper Styuven and Lawson Craddock on the squad. Everyone was keeping an eye out for them throughout the race.

 

A break of 7 got up the road about 50k in.  Everyone kept looking at us to pull it back and it quickly went up to 4 minutes.  We had to either pull, or watch the race ride up the road. We decided to put James and Tanner on the front. I have never seen two guys ride so strongly in my life. They cut the break in half in less than 20k going into the main climb, La Redoute, about 40k from the line.

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Alentejo by Jasper Stuyven (Bontrager Pro Cycling)

Alentejo  by Jasper Stuyven

Alentejo by Jasper Stuyven

 

Alentejo

by Jasper Stuyven

 

A nice stage race in Portugal was the first big race with Bontrager Pro Cycling for this year, so everyone was very pumped to get started! For many of us it was even the first time in Portugal, and of course the sun was out there, which got us even more motivated!

 

The first day, we had someone in the break so we didn’t have chase it down day! At the end, there were two climbs, but not too long, so I thought I had a chance for a good result.  The team put me in the right position and I ended up 7th, only 5 seconds down on the winner.  A great result to start the week.

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