Burley's Scott Thwaites in Classic form after coming second in Belgium

Scott Thwaites is showing good form

Scott Thwaites is showing good form

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Scott Thwaites has posted yet another podium finish.

The 24-year old Burley-in-Wharfedale rider was second behind Kenny Dehaes (Lotto – Belisol) in the Ronde van Drenth in Belgium on Saturday.

After finishing third in the Three Days of West Flanders the previous week, Thwaites has proven that he is in excellent form for the Classics.

Team NetApp Endura's Sports Director Andree Schulze was delighted with the performance of Thwaites.

He said: “Scott rode a really strong race. Over the last few weeks he has shown that he is in good form. Today he fought his way into the right group and then rode really cleverly.

"He attacked at precisely the right moment when crossing the mountain for the final time. He was one of the strongest riders on the final stretch and deserved to make it onto the podium.”

Thwaites was also thrilled with his ride. He said: "I knew that it was important to stay at the front and concentrate the whole day.

"Using my knowledge from the race last year where I punctured out of the winning break, I made sure that I was always in the top 20 for the cobbles and climbs."

Thwaites will be hoping to build on his good early-season form as he looks to fulfill his dream of riding in the Tour de France when it starts in Yorkshire this July. Team NetApp Endura have gained a wild-card entry into the world's greatest cycle race.

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