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Lars Boven has won the second stage of the Albertina Baltyk - Karkonosze Tour. The nineteen-year-old rider of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team achieved his first U23 victory in Poland.
In the beginning of the stage Boven escaped together with his fellow-countryman Thijs de Lange. In the final phase Boven was able to stay ahead of the onrushing peloton. Boven also took the lead in the general classification and starts tomorrow’s final stage in the yellow leader’s jersey. The win of sports director Jan Boven’s son brings the number of victories of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team in 2020 to eight.
Boven is very happy with his first U23 win. “Thijs and I went all the way during the stage. We had a maximum lead of one and a half minute, but it was slowly decreasing. After the last corner I started to sprint, which kept me just ahead of the peloton. It felt really good when I crossed the line. That was a very special moment.”
“We have no real sprinter in this race”, sports director Robert Wagner said. “Then there is only one option left to achieve success and that is to attack. The guys did that during the first stage and today again. It’s great that Lars won today. In addition, he has also taken the lead in the general classification. Tomorrow will be a difficult stage and his lead is not very big, but we will do everything we can to win this race.”