Saturday, 19 March 2016

Two weeks after Kuurne Brussel Kuurne junior racing speeds up with three one day races held on Sunday.
Each of them has 1.1 uci category and will be a good indication about riders form just one week before first big event of the year: Gent Wevelgem juniors.

1st Grand Prix Bob Jungels

In Luxembourg we have a very first edition of Grand Prix Bob Jungels organized by UC Dippach, his former team (and many other riders from Luxembourg including legendary Charly Gaul of more recently Laurent Didier or Alex Kirsch).

The race is 130,8 km long with 12 laps 10.8km each with start and finish in the city of Dippach.

Lap profile (photo: http://ucdippach.lu/) 
Last three kilometers of each lap is mostly uphill which should produce numerous attacks and quite demanding race in general. The list of starters is pretty good considering it's just first edition and we have two other big races on the same day. Local heroses from UC Dippach will do everything they can to win their home race, Michel Ries could be their main man, otherwise look for Colin Heiderscheid or youngster Tristan Parotta.

Other notable starters: Tom Peters, Gilles Borra, Stijn De Molder, Dennis Van der Horst, Jarno Mobach, Alessandro Vandromme.

Website: http://ucdippach.lu/grand-prix-bob-jungels/
Startlist: http://ucdippach.lu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Startlist160316.jpg
Tech guide: http://fr.calameo.com/read/003792072773d61aa6559


Guido Reybrouck Classic

Belgian one day race held in Damme will have it's second edition with uci category 1.1. previously it was held as an amateur event. Last year edition won Bram Welten after a solo attack with five kilometers to go. His breakaway companions completed the podium: Jasper Philipsen finished second and Merten De Wever was third.

Bram Welten winning solo in 2015
The route is the same as last year. It's basically flat with a total of 82 kilometers around Damme. Riders will face six cobbled sectors, each of them run twice. The short one is 300m and the longest one is 1800m. Also the finish in Damme is pretty hard and run on the cobbles. Here you can watch the video of last year's edition: http://www.focus-wtv.be/video/nederlander-welten-wint-guido-reybrouck-classic

Notable starters: Ethan Heyter, Charlie Quaterman, Jasper Philipsen, Jordi Meeus, Nils Eekhoff, Maxime Gressier, Merten De Wever, Lewis Bulley, Alexyr Brunel,

Website: http://www.grclassic.be/
Tech guide: http://www.grclassic.be/printversies/juniores.pdf
Startlist: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdwkM6bW0AA5g0i.jpg


La Bernaudeau Junior

As the race website is dead a day before the race it's pretty hard to gather the details...
The race route should be similar to last year. It's 130km long with five laps of 6,9km each at the end.

Last year, Pascal Eenkhoorn won solo after attack with two kilometers to go. Behind him, Enzo Berard won sprint from the bigger group for second place. Kevin Perret finished third.


Notable starters: Clement Betouigt Suire, Johan Delalaire, Mario Poldervaart, Mathie Burgaudeau, Ronann Vivier, Tanguy Turgis, Quentin Founier,

Website (currently dead): http://www.labernaudeaujunior.fr/
Startlist: http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/49540/la-bernaudeau-junior-les-engages

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