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Mark Donovan – on winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize stage race

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Here at VeloVeritas we try to keep abreast of what’s going on across in Europe, one result which caught our recently eye was young Mark Donovan winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize junior stage race in Belgium.

Never an easy thing to do against all those would-be GVA’s.

Best ‘have a word.’

Tell us about Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize and how you won it please, Mark.

“It’s a UCI 2.1 stage race, probably one of the hardest junior stage races in the world.

“On the Stage One I managed to get into break which formed on two hard finish laps of about 10KM each, I ended up 11th which I was pleased with, mainly because I didn’t lose any time.

“I then got into yellow after Zappi won the TTT, after a great performance by everyone in the team.

“In the final two road stages my strategy was best described as ‘attack is the best form of defence,’ I managed to get in the break on both days, which meant others weren’t just looking at me to chase everything down.

“I ended up winning by 37 seconds to Tom Pidcock who was also in Zappi.”

Mark Donovan
Mark Donovan. Photo©Andre Schoonbroodt

And you won the mountains prize in the SPIE International