Development A win-win Van Eetvelt in France
Lennert Van Eetvelt triumphed on Saturday in the Alpes Isère Tour (Fra/2.2) with a solo performance. The 21-year-old rider from Lotto Dstny made his move 9 km from the finish line, breaking away from a group of favorites and not only claiming victory but also securing the leader's jersey. "This feels incredibly rewarding," said Van Eetvelt after his double success.
The French stage race serves as a playground for aspiring talents in France, and Lennert Van Eetvelt entered the race with ambition. While the past few days favored the sprinters, the young climber found his terrain on Saturday, joining forces with a group of strong climbers. "Our aim wasn't necessarily to take the leader's jersey today," said team manager Dirk Aernouts of the Lotto Dstny Development Team, "but Lennert felt very strong, and the opportunity presented itself. Lennert was clearly the strongest in the breakaway group, and when such an opportunity arises, you simply have to seize it with both hands. He gained a significant advantage over Oscar Onley (who finished second), and we enter the final day with a comfortable lead. Hopefully, we'll bring it to a successful conclusion on Sunday."