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Van Vooren claims Ronde de l'Oise

Steven Van Vooren takes out the Circuit du Port

Steven Van Vooren takes out the Circuit du Port (Image credit: 4 jours de Dunkerque)

An Post Sean Kelly team’s Steven Van Vooren was crowned overall winner of the Ronde de l’Oise in France on Sunday. He held a five second advantage after the final stage on Frenchman Médéric Clain and seven seconds over Jérémie Galland (Bessons Chaussures - Sojasun).

The 22-year-old Belgian rider defended his lead after taking pole position in second stage of the four day tour after he was part of a winning 15-man breakaway. He also claimed the overall points classification en route to the overall victory.

This is the first stage race win for Van Vooren in the green of the An Post Sean Kelly team and An Post team manager Kurt Bogaerts was delighted with his and the team's performance.

“Steven raced excellently for the four days and to finish on top of a strong field of 140 riders is a great achievement,” Bogaerts said.

“We knew Steven was a great rider with huge potential when we signed him at the start of the season, and this victory and the manner in which he did shows how much talent he has. He worked hard and was determined not to only hold his lead but increase it and I am happy also with the team performance as they helped him to victory.”

"It felt great to win for the first time for the An Post team," Van Vooren said. "We have worked hard and a result like this makes it all worthwhile. We had a plan and assessed everything and Kurt's guidance was essential to my victory."

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