Young James Shaw is just back from a very successful debut in the Lotto Ridley Youth Tour in Belgium.
Finishing in a creditable 4th place on the very hilly 4th stage around Liege and 9th overall! Brilliant!
A few words from James:
“Got back at 2 o’clock this morning from the Lotto Ridley Youth Tour in Belgium. Four day youth event in Belgium sponsored by Ridley. This is possibly the biggest event I’ve been to yet with time trial and three long road stages to the race. Result wise I managed an overall finish of 9th in GC out of 180 starters. For the first two stages just rolled in with the bunch, made some time back on the time trail but had my day on the final 4th stage. Started the day in with the red jersey as intermediate sprint leader, this was the hardest race I’ve ever seen for youths and the BC coaches agreed. It had some killer climbs in it ones including Cote La Redoute which the Liege Bastogne Liege goes up and this was more than just a big hill, I felt a real pro it still had PHIL painted all over the tarmac. The race then followed the course for another 10K before turning up some more climbs onto a 5.5K finishing loop which we did 6 laps of, at this point I was sitting in waiting for a bunch gallop, decided to forget the red jersey and go big for the stage win, in the sprint only manage 4th on the line but considering the strength of the field I even impressed myself also lost my lead out man to a puncture with 20k to go.
Up coming races are North West Youth Tour this weekend another 4 stage tour but in Blackpool this time bit different to Liege.”
Eindklassement / Classement final
1 64 BEL 19960318 LEYSEN Senne KON. BALEN B.C. V.Z.W. 5:02:27 0:00:0300
2 12 LUX 19960304 WIRTGEN Tom REGIONAL TEAM OF LUXEMBOURG 5:02:41 0:00:1342
3 157 J BEL 19970127 BEULLENS Cedric YOUNG CYCLING TEAM VZW 5:02:59 0:00:3825
4 119 BEL 19961206 JOSEPH Thomas CYCLING TEAM AVIA FUJI WESTHOEK 5:03:00 0:00:3637
5 101 BEL 19960102 PEETERS Vincent DCM-GB VORSELAAR CYCLING TEAM VZW 5:03:03 0:00:3663
6 154 NED 19960219 MAAS Jan RSC DE ZUIDWESTHOEK 5:03:04 0:001:3479
7 1 BEL 19960828 PERSOON Wouter IMMO DEJAEGHER – LOTTO CT MENEN VZW 5:03:07 0:00:4800
8 134 BEL 19961031 MENTEN Milan UCS CRABBE PERFORMANCE VOO 5:03:08 0:00:4314
9 77 GBR 19960613 SHAW James GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM 5:03:08 0:001:4014
10 31 BEL 19960817 BILLEN Gilles TEAM VERANDAS WILLEMS CC CHEVIGNY 5:03:10 0:00:4730