Team News – Scott Thwaites in Belgium


After multiple attacks off the front, Yorkshire’s Scott Thwaites (Bora Argon 18) finishes 8th in Dwars door Vlaanderen

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Team News – Scott Thwaites in Belgium

After the race had been confirmed following the horrible terror attacks in Brussels, on the start line everyone honoured the victims with a moment of silence. It was good to see that Belgium cycling set a sign, with lots of people on the course as usual on a race day.

Also, as usual an early breakaway went clear from the peloton. It was a group of six riders, including Phil Bauhaus from BORA – ARGON 18. The group built a lead of up to seven minutes, but when the famous Belgian climbs started in the second part of the course, the gap came down fast.

At this stage of the race, several attacks in the peloton formed a strong chasing group and within this group was again Scott Thwaites, who has had a fabulous Classics season so far. After the Kwaremont and Paterberg, there was a regrouping with one leader left in the front and a chasing group with Scott and Phil.



Again lots of changes due to attacks, but Scott always was able to stay in control and with 15k to go he was in the leading group of seven riders. Five kilometres later the second group – still with Phil Bauhaus – joined the first group to lead the race into a sprint finish of a group of about 30 riders. In the end Jens Debusschere took the win, with Scott Thwaites crossing the line in 8th place. With another four BORA – ARGON 18 riders in the second group at 0:38, the team showed a very strong performance today.

“I felt a bit blocked for the first half of the race due to the travel problems we had yesterday, but my legs came good when the climbs started. I made the split on the Taaienberg, but some riders did not work because they had sprinters in the chase group. I tried to push to keep the break away, but in the end it was a bigger group in the finish so I was happy to get another top ten result after working hard all day.” – Scott Thwaites

“Today from the beginning of the race we always were able to have the upper hand on the race. Our tactics worked out well and especially at the point when we had Phil in the leading group and Scott in the chasing group, we have been in a very strong position. The problem was that there was always missing one of the big teams, therefore the pace of the peloton also always has been very high. In the end Phil could not really help Scott in the sprint finish, but he did a great ride to even be there after his long breakaway. A top ten result is good, but I really think there will be more to come for Scoot soon!” – Steffen Radochla, sports director

“Today has been my first breakaway as a pro. As a sprinter you normally wait until the end of the race, but today a felt really good and I want to develop as a rider, so I thought: try and give it a go. When we have been caught I could hang on to the first bigger group, therefore a was with Scott in the final. But I was really at the end of my strengths and could not help a lot.” – Phil Bauhaus



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