Ten Dam: Unbound Gravel is about power not positioning

Laurens ten Dam and Ian Boswell at Unbound Gravel
Laurens ten Dam and Ian Boswell at Unbound Gravel (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Laurens ten Dam now has two podiums in big US gravel races this year, taking second to Ian Boswell in a two-man duel at Unbound Gravel 200 on Saturday, but the stress on a gravel surface in a race is still there and on a different level than what he experienced at the WorldTour level for 17 years.

He retired in 2019, last racing for CCC Team, and took up bike packing and gravel events. In 2021, he traveled from Europe to the US to return to major competitions, but this time all off-road as a gravel grinder rather than on pavement with a big-budget team.

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