Race report

Tobias Lund Andresen races to 2nd on day 2 of Flanders Tomorrow Tour

Flanders Tomorrow Tour

Tobias Lund Andresen continued a strong start to the Flanders Tomorrow Tour with an impressive second place on stage two. Having made the decisive selection yesterday, Lund Andresen took the runner’s up spot from a select group of 18 riders.

The stage got off to a fast start with 47 kilometres covered in the first hour of racing. This resulted in very few moves getting much of a gap off the front of the peloton until a strong group of 11 went clear with just over 80 kilometres to race, including Lund Andresen.

The pace remained high behind in the peloton and the gap never broke one minute before eventually being brought back just inside 30 kilometres to go. From here another strong group of 15 riders went clear, to which Lund Andresen bridged across with two others showing he still had plenty left to give.

This group of 18 managed to establish a gap of around 30 seconds in the final 15 kilometres and hold this to the finish. Three riders went clear in the closing three kilometres from which one, Lars Boven of the Jumbo. Visma Development Team, just held off the charge from behind with Lund Andresen leading the way in second on the same time as the stage winner.

On GC, Lund Andresen moves up to 11th overall, 19 seconds down on the race leader.

Tobias Lund Andresen said after the finish: “There was no control in the race the whole day today. The plan was to be in the early break, for which Enzo really invested some energy. In the end we had been racing for so long that I had to follow some moves and ended up in the real first break.

“We got caught with two laps to go and the jumping started again. A big dangerous group went away and I had to jump myself. We got across and then the break went all the way to the finish. Three guys got a gap with two kilometres to go and I caught them on the finish line, unfortunately it was only enough for a second place.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “Tobias was great today. He was in the first long break which was caught by the peloton in the end but he then bridged over to the next break with two others. In the end despite being hampered by a crash in the lead group in the final kilometre, he missed the win by probably five centimetres. 

“To be honest it wasn’t a stage for a team performance but Tobias was very strong. Enzo also did a strong ride and did his job well. We also had some bad luck with a lot of guys too. Three had to abandon the stage for different reasons but in the end Tobias did a very strong ride for the team.”