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Bobridge two jerseys and third overall in U23 Thuringen

Press Release: Jack Bobridge, 19, has taken home the points and best young rider titles from the U23 International Thuringen Tour in Germany. The South Australian teenager, who won two stages of the race, also finished on the podium in third place on the general classfication.

Overall honours went to Austrian rider Stefan Denifl who clocked 23hr00min59sec at the end of 949km raced over seven stages. He was two seconds ahead of second placed Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk with Bobridge third at 1min24sec.

In the best young rider rankings Bobridge finished on top, 56 seconds ahead of Australian Matthias Brandl, and in the battle for the points classification Bobridge claimed 82 points to win by a 12 point margin over Andreas Stauff (Team Kuota).

"The last couple of stages were pretty hard and they (Deifl and Kruijswijk) weren’t outlcimbing me and I wasn’t outclimbing them so there wasn’t really a chance to make up any time on them," explained Bobridge. "Still I’m happy to come away with two stage wins and two jerseys."

Bobridge’s Team AIS team mates Leigh Howard, who won the opening stage of the Tour, placed third overall in the sprint jersey classification.

Team Manager for the race, David McPartland, says he’s very impressed with the improvement shown by the likes of Borbridge and Howard in this year’s event.

"Last year was a real learning experience for them but this year they are out there winning stages and jerseys," said McPartland of the team of youngsters . "They were in the race to win from the start and tactically they were excellent and did what they had to do when they had to do it."

The oldest member of the team in Thuringen was Travis Meyer who turned 20 during the race, Glenn O’Shea celebrated his 20th birthday today, Howard, Bobridge, Adam Semple and Rohan Dennis are all 19 years old.

Website: Cycling Australia

Christopher Jones
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