Race report

Casper van Uden powers to sprint win at Tour de l’Avenir

Tour de l'Avenir

Photo Credit: Anouk Flesch

Riding for the Dutch national selection, Team DSM’s Casper van Uden powered to the sprint win on the second stage of racing at the Tour de l’Avenir this afternoon; delivering a brilliant turn of speed.

After disappointment yesterday, Van Uden and his Dutch teammates including Development Team DSM’s Enzo Leijnse bounced back with full-focus on going for the win today. Leijnse did an incredible job throughout the day to control and reel in the breakaway, before fellow Development program rider Lorenzo Milesi (riding for Italy) threw the proverbial cat among the pigeons with a strong late attack. A fierce chase from the bunch saw Milesi caught with two kilometres to go, with the Dutch train in full flight. Fighting for position, Van Uden launched his strong sprint early; fending off the competitors before sitting up to celebrate a brilliant win.

Speaking after the stage an elated Van Uden said: “The boys did so much work yesterday already but we made some mistakes in the final. Today we were all-in for it again. It’s really crazy; it was one of my big goals. For them to help me like they did is great. Normally we’re competitors but they really went all-in for me today. The win is special, I don’t know what to say. The main goal here for me personally was to win a stage and now I’ve achieved that so hopefully together we can win more stages.”