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3rd win of the season for Alex Meenhorst
Sep 19th, 12. Kiwi international Alex Meenhorst earned his 3rd victory of the European season over the weekend. He won the Criterium G.P. Aldo Bolzan in which he was the defending champion.
It brings the season tally to six podiums for the Luxembourg based Team Differdange rider who is in his 6th season racing in Europe.
The weekend's race was a battle between Meenhorst's team and the other UCI Continental Luxembourg team, Leopard Trek.
The break, once established, contained a mixture of riders from the two teams but Leopard Trek had the upper hand with European Champion Julian Kern, who has just signed with Ag2R, and the Portugese Champion, a top sprinter.
Meenhorst told RoadCycling.co.nz he and his teammates knew they would have to break away to increase their chances of success.
"I rode away with Kern with 10kms to go," he shared. "After a kilometre or so was I joined by a teammate. He got away shortly after catching us with some cat and mouse going on."
Kern then held the gap around 15sec behind Meenhorst's teammate, with the Kiwi on his tail.
With 4km to go, Meenhorst attacked.
"I was pretty close to cracking, but Kern popped just before me, and I then I just had to put my head down and ride to the finish."
Meenhorst won by a convincing 15sec.
Before he heads home, Meenhorst has a few big one day races, such as the UCI1.1 Paris Bourges, to finish off the Euro season.
When he hits New Zealand there is no time to rest before he contests the Tour of Southland. Last year's winner of the Te Anau stage is looking foward to racing again.
"I'm doing Southland again with the best possible team for me - Ascot Park Kia," he explained.
"I rode for Ascot Park for two years, and would have always stayed there, but then because of problems one year I ended up in team KIA.
"I love both the teams and now we have the merger so it will be great! I'll be riding with my good friend Clinton Avery too."
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