Team Wiggins rider Jon Dibben achieved Great Britain’s best ever result at the under-23 Tour of Flanders after he finished second behind David Per.
Dibben, who has enjoyed a good period of form which peaked when winning his first World Title on the track in March, enjoyed one of the best rides of his career in grabbing the second placed finish at Flanders.
The route is fairly similar to what the professional’s ride on, but it didn’t include any of the classic climbs such as the Paterberg; yet it wasstill an extremely tough race.
It was a good finish from Dibben, as he caught a lead group in the closing stages, but his sprint just wasn’t enough for victory as Per from Slovenia, came round him to take the win.
Dibben feels he ‘should have won’ U23 Flanders race
Getting on the podium at a Flanders race is always tricky to do, but Dibben who has a bright future ahead of him, felt he should have got the victory.
Speaking after the race to Cycling Weekly, Dibben said: “It was good race, I’m happy personally." He was thankful for the work of his teammates who put him in a position to claim victory, and he admitted, "I should have won.”
It was a solid performance from Team Wiggins, and afterwards Dibben praised his teammates saying, ‘Tao [Geoghegan Hart] pretty much did the last lap’ for him.
Dibben got across to the lead group with about 200 metres remaining, and on another day if he had reached the lead group earlier he might have claimed what would have been a huge victory for the 23-year-old.
Next up for Dibben is another under-23 race in Holland, followed by the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of California, but he admits he is feeling ‘really good’ as he looks to continue his impressive rise in the sport.