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Jake Scott – An InterClub Win at Zandhoven!

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Stung by comments from VeloVeritas mentor and observer of all things vélo sport, Viktor that we’d taken our eye of the Flanders ball we’ve been paying special attention to the results from the Flatlands.

One which caught our eye recently was a win in the InterClub race at Zandhoven over 138K where Englishman Jake Scott beat Stef Vermeulen of KWC Heist Zuiderkempen to take the win.

InterClubs are ‘big deal’ races and the pro teams keep a close eye on the results – naturally, they’re not easy to win.

‘Illi Bikes’ is the name on Jake’s jersey, the team run by former Team Sky mechanic, Ken Illegems and his dad, soigneur Etienne.

We thought we should ‘have a word’ with Mr. Scott…

Jake Scott
Jake Scott.

Tell us about your win, please Jake.

“When I started the race my legs felt heavy, but after a few jumps to mark the breaks they got a bit better, my chain was jumping so I decided to change bikes about half way through, luckily I didn’t panic to get back because the race was starting to split, I moved up the peloton and jumped straight across to the break, most of the teams were represented so after a couple of laps we were out of touch.

“I tried splitting the break as it was still fairly big, but a couple of teams wanted a sprint, so I just stayed calm and found a gap with 150M to go and kept on going to the line, I knew I wanted to go left because there was a bump on the right that scrubbed a bit of speed off, where as if I hit left I had a smoother run to the line, It wasn’t straighter but it was definitely quicker.

“It was my first win of the season, and my first win in nearly two years since moving up to an U23, so to me it feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders, sometimes y