CW’s British performances of 2011: No. 12

Number 12: Luke Rowe wins ZLM Tour
Netherlands, April

Six races make up the UCI’s Under-23 Nations Cup, which is the major series of races for espoirs. Welsh rider Luke Rowe won the ZLM Tour in the Netherlands with a perfectly-timed sprint finish.

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Rowe is the only rider to have won the race twice in its history, after his victory in 2009. Fabian Cancellara won it in 2002, so he’s in good company.

The 21-year-old added a stage win added a stage win of the Thüringen Rundfahrt in Germany later in the season and will turn professional for Team Sky in the new year.

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