Lawrence Ten Dam came up just short and finished fourth in the world’s largest gravel race

Lawrence Ten Dam came up just short and finished fourth in the world’s largest gravel race

42-year-old Laurens ten Dam from Oudorp failed to win the Unbound Gravel. The United States Clay Court Tournament is also considered the unofficial World Cup on clay. After 330 kilometers, American Keegan Swenson crossed the finish line, and Ten Damm finished fourth.

At the start of this morning there were about 4000 participants. 330 kilometers had to be traveled on unpaved roads. Amsterdam Thijs Zonneveld doesn’t do that. Jonveld fell hard on his knees and had to get off. It was later revealed that he had torn his patellar tendon.

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So another North Hollander did well. Laurens ten Dam from Oudorp rode for hours in a leading group of seven. A sprint will decide the winner after 330 grueling kilometers. After more than ten hours, Swenson crossed the line first. Ten Dam, 42, finished fourth, six seconds behind the eventual winner.

In 2019, the North Hollander stopped being a road cyclist. Batu Dam rode for the likes of Rabobank, Team Sunweb and CCC. The former pro is seen as one of the European gravel pioneers looking to compete in the US.

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