Alex Hooper and Dylan Kennett in GP Roger Doom

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June 30th, ’14.  Alex Hooper was back in Belgium on Saturday for the GP Roger Doom in Kortemark.  Riding for Tirwald Cycling, Hooper came home inside the top 30 as the race was won by Steven Caethoven of Wielerteam Decock-Woningbouw Vanderkerckh.

  June 30th, ’14.  Alex Hooper was back in Belgium on Saturday for the GP Roger Doom in Kortemark.  Riding for Tirwald Cycling, Hooper came home inside the top 30 as the race was won by Steven Caethoven of Wielerteam Decock-Woningbouw Vanderkerckh.  

The 112.5km kermesse took place in Kortermark, West Flanders; not too far away from the coast.  Steven Caethoven won the race ahead of EFC-Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Christophe Noppe, Cycling Team BCV-Works-Soenens’ Tom Oerlemans and Noppe’s teammate Daan Myngheer.  With teams like EFC-Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Wielerteam Vandekerckh and Douchy-Thalassa Oostende/La all well-represented, Alex Hooper and compatriot Dylan Kennett – riding in their Tinwald Cycling and St Andrew Cycling club colours respectively – had their work cut out as their lone.  But Hooper put in a solid performance to come home 28th at the finish line.

We caught up with Alex to see how he’d gotten on.  The fact that he was outnumbered teammate wise didn’t seem to effect him, “Teams don’t really matter in the kermesses,” he said, “A kermesse . . . is like a club race back home just a lot harder.”  

 

Alex also said, “A break went from the start and stayed away to tge finish.  I tried a few times to bring it back and get across but they got too much of a gap.  It was a good hard race and was happy with how I went.”

By:  Ed Wright

 

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