Big weekend for Team Cyclingnews

Sven De Weerdt Photo: © Phil Thuaux

Sven De Weerdt Photo: © Phil Thuaux

By Shane Stokes

Team posted two fine results this weekend with important rides in Denmark and Belgium. Sven De Weerdt took his and the team's top result to date in a major event when he finished ninth in the GP Herning on Saturday. Hamish Haynes followed that up with victory in Sunday's 1.2 ranked Groote Mei Prijs Hoboken, breaking away with two others in the final stages of the race and winning their three-up gallop to the line.

"I was really happy with the result, I never expected it," said De Weerdt after his top ten in Denmark. "I was sick after racing in Switzerland last weekend, and didn't do much training this week. So I was quite surprised to get the result, especially as in the first 100 kilometres I didn't feel that good at all. I thought that when the break goes, when the top riders are really going for it, I won't be able to follow.

"But then once I had 100 kilometres covered and went through the feeding zone, I started to feel better. I could place myself in the front every time we went over the dirt sections and on the last such section of the big loop, I was in the top five. We then went clear and ended up being away in a group of about 16 riders.

"I was pretty tired towards the end, when the first three guys got away, as there were a lot of attacks. I got sixth in the sprint in our group. It is my best result in a big race, and also the best for Team"

Team manager and father Gilbert de Weerdt agrees. "This weekend is our best this season. We had a lot of wins like the one we had today last year and the year before - we can win at that level. But to be top 10 in a 1.1 is a bit special for us. I think it is the most important result that the team has got so far."

Next up for the team is the Omloop der Kempen in the Netherlands, some smaller races in Belgium, then the bigger goal of a good performance in the Triptyque Ardennais. Team will then build up for what the riders hope will be a strong campaign in the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China in July.

Keep an eye out for the next Team diary instalments.

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