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April 28/06 8:47 am - Canadians in Europe

Posted by Editoress on 04/28/06

St Catharines CC members Mark Pozniak (espoir) and Alex Korten (junior) are spending the late winter, spring & early summer racing season in the Netherlands, racing on the Batauwers/Groenewoud cycling team.

Mark is the 2002 Junior National Road Champion, Alex a 2nd year junior.

On Sunday April 23rd, Alex scored a 2nd place in the "Luttenberg nabij Raalte".

Report by Alex Korten

I had two races this past weekend, both in Holland. Saturday was a 60km crit that was very fast, it was also very cold. For some reason my legs weren't feeling the best but I managed to finish taking 21st.

I had a much better race on Sunday, again a 60km crit but a course that I liked better. I jumped, along with 4 other guys, with 2 laps to go but they sat up right away, but I decided to keep going solo. I put a gap of about 15-20 seconds on the pack and it stayed like that closing slowly until about 700m to the line when I was joined another kid who had broken away with about 2km to go.

We raced to the line but my legs were a bit more worn from being out longer and he took me in the sprint. By the time we got to the line the peloton had caught us but I stayed ahead by a wheel length. So a good race for me. For pictures of our races you can go here my race was Luttenberg

1. Herman Spijkerman
2. Alexander Korten
3. Johim Ariesen
4. Julian van Dijk
5. Stefan Limburg
6. Herm Eising
7. Ruben van Wiefferen
8. Tom Olde Boerrigter
9. Toby Reimert
10. Tim Posthuma

On April 15th Alex raced the Ronde van Gelderland and was 45th.


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