In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins his first Monument at Paris-Roubaix; Alejandro Valverde victorious at the Tour of the Basque Country; Ellen van Dijk wins the Healthy Ageing Tour, Moberg takes final stage; Eddie Dunbar solos to victory in U23 Tour of Flanders; Tom Boonen closes his illustrious career with 13th at final Paris-Roubaix; Mat Hayman reflects on his 2017 Roubaix; Cyclist fighting for life after hit-run on Mornington Peninsula; Snow falls on Baw Baw Classic; Andre Boonen on his son Tom’s greatest moments; Inside the peloton at Paris-Roubaix.
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Eddie Dunbar has become the first Irishman to win the U23 Tour of Flanders and, in doing so, has further announced himself as a potential star of the future.
— Axeon Hagens Berman (@axeonhb) April 8, 2017
Racing for the Irish National Team (normally Axeon Hagens Berman), 20-year-old Dunbar attacked 35km from the finish of the 168.2km race, prompting Tobias Foss (Norway) and Alexys Brunel (France) to fight their way across. Both chasers were eventually dropped, however, and the Irish U23 time trial champion soloed to victory some 49-seconds clear of a chasing group of 11.
“I was actually cramping in the last three kilometres and was just hoping that my legs would not lock up completely,” Dunbar said. “So I was trying not to press too hard. Once I passed two kilometers to go, I knew I was not going to be caught. There were so many things going through my head at the end. I was even wondering if there was maybe a guy ahead of me.
“I think this year is more relaxed for me,” Dunbar said of his 2017 season. “My training has gone better and I am more motivated this year. It is not like I was not motivated last year, but I have had more things to motivate me this year. So it is different. I am going back to the way I used to cycle. I feel better on the bike both mentally and physically.”
Axeon Hagens Berman
Roubaix Lille Métropole