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Aqua Blue Sport young gun coming good at right time

Posted on: May 14th, 2018

Casper Pedersen Aqua Blue Sport: Just as Irish rider Eddie Dunbar is really hitting his stride for Aqua Blue Sport, Casper Pedersen is also coming into his own. Above, taking 2nd on the final stage yesterday. It was a ride that shot him up to 5th overall in the final classification.

 

Aqua Blue Sport Casper Pedersen coming good

 

Conor Dunne may have just come up short in the climbers’ classification, but Aqua Blue Sport still enjoyed a very strong final stage of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Its young Dane Casper Pedersen got up the road and went close to a stage win. And while he missed out, the breakaway survive.

He took 2nd place on the day. And the time he gained shot him up the general standings to 5th overall. He also won the young rider classification.

It wasn’t quite the stage win and top five overall the team went into the race chasing, but it was close.

And now four months into the season, Pedersen (22) has been given a timely boost.  He came into the team during the off season and having excelled at U23 level expectations were high.

The fact he is now  finding his legs, just as fellow team young gun Eddie Dunbar has hit great form, is a very positive development for the Irish squad.

It invested in youth during the winter and now the dividends are starting to flow.

Pedersen, the U23 European road race champion last year, finished the race 41 seconds behind outright winner Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis).

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was second, followed by Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot) and AG2R’s Alexis Gougeard.

Yesterday’s final stage was  174.9km from Coulogne to Dunkerque. The breakaway formed with about 75km race and just before reaching the finishing circuit for 11 laps.

And while the escape never  pulled out a big lead and the sprinters’ teams were expected to reel in the breakaway, it survived.

One of the men in that move with Casper Pedersen was Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), who took a flier late in the race and just  about held on.

Pedersen was closing on him in the sprint  but just ran out of road and had to  be  content with the runner-up spot.

Conor Dunne tried to take points on the early climbs. But he failed to topple Pierre Idjouadiene (Roubaix Lille Métropole), who finished with 24 points, six ahead of Dunne.

 

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