Hamish Schreurs successfully defended his overall lead to secure the biggest win of his career in Hungary, photo provided

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.

Stage results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
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
OTHER
62 Hamish SCHREURS NZL Klein Constantia +18:40

 

Final general classification:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
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

1 COMMENT

  1. Fantastic result Hamish! Must admit, when checking the final stage results, I thought surely he can’t have hung on to the GC. Sounds like his team did a great job controlling the lead though for the win. Thanks to Road cycling for the report!

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