The last week has almost all been about the Baby Giro – four stages in and the race heads to the first serious mountains in the morning (11 June).
The GP Priessnitz Spa (2.NCup) took place in Eastern Europe last weekend, where three 19-year olds made up the GC podium. With many top age-group riders absent in preparation for the Baby Giro – which started 4 days after the conclusion of Priessnitz Spa – it was Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) who stood on the top step, followed by Samuele Battistella (Italy) and Marc Hirschi (Switzerland).
Pogacar’s victory was made on the final day, with a lone break which took over a minute out of his rivals and saw him move up from 6th overall (32 seconds behind leader Battistella).
Away from the main event, Julius van den Berg (SEG Racing Academy) kept up his team’s streak of form by winning the 1.2 ranked Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop in the Netherlands. The race was van den Berg’s fourth UCI victory of the season, and follows only two weeks after his narrow second at Paris Roubaix Espoirs.
Coloquick rider Julius Johansen won the Danish under-23 National Championships at Esbjerg, defeating Niklas Larsen (Team Virtu) after 172km of racing.
In Italy, Simone Ravenelli (Biesse Carrera Gavardo) won the Trofeo Alcide Degasperi ahead of Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data Continental), the latter having bridged a gap of over 4 minutes to nearly close down race winner Ravenelli in the final part of the race.