Vegard Stake Laengen takes third place
A Norwegian on the podium in the Tour l’Avenir.
Vegard Stake Laengen took third place in the fourth leg of Tour I’Avenir, a race similar to Tour de France which covers much of the same course, but is meant for semi-professionals and amateurs.
Before Thursday’s stage of Tour l’Avenir, Norway’s great talent, Vegard Stake Laengen, was in fourth place.
The second place rider in the stage, Michael Hepburn, didn’t start and therefore Stake Laengen advanced overall, writes procycling.no.
The 153.5 km-long stage was not particularly demanding, but had a third category-climb at the end. It was an uphill race for the last 500 meters.
Laeng, who is not the strongest sprinter, passed the finish line in 22nd place.
U23 manager and coach Martin Vestby was very pleased with Thursday’s team effort.
“Yes, the team rode well and controlled. We had to run to seal the break the end. Since Hepburn did not start, today Stake is in third place overall,” said Vestby in an interview with NRK.
Stake Laengen will bike the U23 World Championships in Denmark later this September.
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