As a promising 19-year-old freshman, Alec Segaert was one of the youngest riders in the field, but he was still the fastest by a large margin in a challenging trial of over 22 kilometers.
West Fleming completed the course at Anadia at 27’26” and was faster than Croatia’s Fran Miholjevic by 50secs and 51secs than France’s Eddie Le Huythos.
Siegert, who plays for the Lotto Soudal coaching team, was also crowned European Junior Champion last year. He finished 3rd in the World Junior Championships. Earlier this year he also won the Belgian title against the clock in his first year as a promise. Jonathan Verveen, the second Belgian at the European Championship of Promises, came fifth.
While the women’s under-23s were tried in Nadia, the European title went to Dutch contestant Sheren van Anroy. With fourth at 1’03” from Van Anrooij, West Flemish Shari Bossuyt fell to the podium.
Jens Verbrugghe also managed to win a medal at the European Under-23 Championship. The son of national coach and former professional Rick Verbruggi won the silver.
In the 22-kilometre singles time trial, the European title went to Luxembourg Junior Mathieu Kukelmann, who needed 28’06” for the task, thus making 19 seconds faster than seventeen-year-old Verbruggi. He started cycling only a year ago, but he Earlier this season he already won a UCI-level race: the French Cup Center Morbihan.
Portugal is organizing not only the European Youth Championships on the road this month, but also on the mountain bike and cycle track.
Earlier today, 17-year-old Phoebe won the bronze medal for Joris. She was 48 seconds behind new European champion Justina Tchapla. Frenchman Eglantin Rayer came second with a time of 45 seconds.
Italy’s Federica Ventorelli finished around the same time as the Belgian test champion at the time, hundreds of seconds to make the difference for Joris.
The second Belgian, Xaydee Van Sinaey, also completed a good trial: the Belgian 1’22” cyclocross champion rode slower than Czapla and was seventh out of 35 participants.
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