Team News: Scott Thwaites 2nd in Le Samyn


Yorkshire’s Scott Thwaites ( BORA – ARGON) was in fantastic form today chasing Nikki Terpstra all the way to the line to finish second in Le Saymn

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Team News: Scott Thwaites 2nd in Le Samyn

Today in Le Samyn again Scott Thwaites and Ralf Matzka were the cards to play from BORA – ARGON 18. Both riders managed to be part of the decisive 26 men breakaway group. Five laps of a demanding 25 kilometre loop including 16 cobble stone section led to a pure elimination race in the final.


The wind and rain pushed the riders to their limits and the Classics of the north showed once again why some love and others hate them. With about 40k to go the group split into two with only Scott Thwaites being able to follow the race favourites.

Due to several attacks, one by one the leading riders were being dropped. With 15 kilometres to go Niki Terpstra and Scott Thwaites went clear. Terpstra than attacked Scott who managed to hold a solid gap over the chasing group.

It was a hard fight and impressive ride by the young British talent. In the end he crossed the line 0:19 seconds behind Terpstra in second place of Le Samyn. A great performance and perfect end to this first phase of the Belgium Classics for Scott Thwaites and BORA – ARGON 18.



“The team was really strong today. Shortly before the circuit Pösti (L. Pöstlberger), Schilli (A. Schillinger), Ralf and me made an important group of 20 riders. With the weather turning bad on the circuit, the situation changed again and the race turned into a war with riders being dropped on every cobble section and climb.

I had to play a bit of poker so that I didn’t show my strength too early but also not miss an important attack. When Terpstra attacked we made a good gap, but when he attacked again I could not follow. I rode the last 12k on my own, 15sec behind Terpstra and 15sec in front of the chasing group. It was hard but I had the power to hold on for 2nd. I am really happy because I was the 2nd strongest today and I finished 2nd to a top quality Classics rider, so I have no regrets with my performance.” – Scott Thwaites



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