Klein Constantia’s Hamish Schreurs has won the general classification of the Carpathian Couriers U23 Race. Known as the biggest U23 stage race in Central Europe, Hamish Schreurs took the win overall after winning the opening prologue time trial and penultimate stage; and in the final stage he extended his lead to be crowned champion.
The final stage of the Carpathian Couriers U23 Race took the field 130k from Zabno to Tarnów. The crunch point for the field would be from kilometres 45-105 or so as four tough climbs rolled in one after the other before the flatter run in to the finish. Sadly the day started with bad news as it emerged that one of the Jo Piels Cycling Team riders had suffered a heart attack during the night. Hamish told RoadCycling, “It’s pretty scary, last night at about 1am he had a heart attack and now is in hospital. I really hope he’s ok but don’t think it is looking to good for him which is very sad. No one from their team started and they where 2nd on GC.” Stephan Bakker was their rider in second place, while teammates Maikel Bos, Arvid De Kleijn, Gijs Verdick and Adriaan Janssen were also amongst those who did not start. We will keep you informed as we hear updates.
Up ahead the race would face two big climbs twice to make up the four ascents in all and from a very early stage it was an aggressive day out on the bike. “Today was all over the show, a break went and we started riding before we knew who the break was but we were riding at the right tempo that no one was strong enough to go away with the two big hills in the mix that we did twice,” Hamish said. For overall leader Schreurs, it was an interesting scenario to be faced with, as up until this point in the race no one had managed to defend the overall lead. Klein Constantia set about marshalling the attacks and monitoring progress up front.
Over the course of the stage a number of attacks came and went, but Klein Constantia were equal to them all and it looked like it would all come together nicely for a big group finish. 30-40 riders were represented in the leading group with Hamish Schreurs in the thick of the action. But there was confusion up ahead as Schreurs’ group were sent the wrong way. “Over the last hill only 30-40 riders where with us. But then just after 2km to go we were sent the wrong way,” Schreurs said. “They had to neutralise the race.”
Up ahead Ken Levi Eikeland of Team fixit.no took the stage win ahead of Mateusza Grabisa of TC Chrobry Scott Glogów and Karola Kuklewicza of TKK Parcific Toruń. The group who were sent the wrong way did not suffer a loss of time because the accident had occurred inside the final three kilometres of the race. Therefore the general classification was secure for Hamish Schreurs as he crossed the line with a 10 second advantage of Michal Paluta of CCC Sprandi Polkowice and 11 seconds over Max Kanter of LKT Team Brandenburg.
Afterwards Hamish was ecstatic at having taken his biggest career victory to date. “For me it’s massive, I’m super happy, cannot believe it!” Schreurs told us. “It’s a big race, the biggest race I’ve won, I was happy with winning the prologue. Then stage 3 suited me and I won that! And to come away with the GC win, I’m over the moon, couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
Schreurs will take his winning form in Hungary to a good block of U23 races that include the Tour of Berlin and the U23 Paris-Roubaix.
|1||Ken Eikeland||NOR||Team Fixit.No||3:12:47|
|2||Mateusz GRABIS||POL||TC Chrobry Scott Glogów||+7|
|3||Karol KUKLEWICZ||POL||TKK Pacific Toruń||+7|
|4||Vladyslav POHORELOV||UKR||Ukrainian National Team||+7|
|5||Aaron VERWILST||BEL||Lotto Soudal U23||+7|
|6||Szymon REKITA||POL||Altopack-Eppela-Coppi Lunata||+7|
|7||Matteo ALBAN||ITA||Altopack-Eppela-Coppi Lunata||+7|
|8||Francesco ACCO||ITA||Life Team||+7|
|9||Wojciech SYKALA||POL||Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgórne||+7|
|10||Taras SHEVCHUK||UKR||Ukrainian National Team||+7|
|62||Hamish SCHREURS||NZL||Klein Constantia||+18:40|
Final general classification:
|1||Hamish SCHREURS||NZL||Klein Constantia||13:08:40|
|2||Michal PALUTA||POL||CCC Sprandi Polkowice||+10|
|3||Max KANTER||GER||LKT Team Brandenburg||+11|
|4||Patrick BOSMAN||AUT||Tirol Cycling Team||+20|
|5||Krists NEILANDS||LAT||Latvian National Team||+22|
|6||Enric MAS NICOLAU||ESP||Klein Constantia||+23|
|7||Jonas CASTRIQUE||BEL||Lotto Soudal U23||+23|
|8||Leon R. ROHDE||GER||LKT Team Brandenburg||+25|
|9||Stepan Kuriyanov||RUS||Russian National Team||+26|
|10||Piotr KONWA||POL||TC Chrobry Scott Glogów||+27|
|11||Sebastian SCHÖNBERGER||AUT||Tirol Cycling Team||+27|
|12||Yuriy NATAROV||KAZ||Astana City||+27|
|13||Michael KUKRLE||CZE||Czech Republic National Team||+27|
|14||Remy MERTZ||BEL||Color Code – Arden’Beef U23||+28|
|15||Ward JASPERS||BEL||Lotto Soudal U23||+31|
|16||Lubos MALOVEC||SVK||Slovakian National Team||+31|
|17||Petr RIKUNOV||RUS||Russian National Team||+31|
|18||Harm VANHOUCKE||BEL||Lotto Soudal U23||+31|
|19||Dennis PAULUS||AUT||Tirol Cycling Team||+34|
|20||Adam SEKANINA||CZE||Favorit BRNO||+34|