Lieuwe Westra: Up Close With The Astana Specialist

Most cycling fans are familiar of the steady rise of Dutchman, Lieuwe Westra when he rode for Vacansoleil. He is a TT specialist and not shy when the roads rise. As a new Astana rider, he is in Paris-Nice applying his services for Vincenzo Nibaili and Jakob Fuglsang.

In the 2012 Paris-Nice, he won the mountainous stage 5 to Mende pulling away from Bradley Wiggins to win the stage and cement his second overall. A solid performance.

The mountain stages start Thursday... a good opportunity for Westra to shine some more.

Here's a short interview with the 2-time National Time Trial Champion 
as he shares his thoughts going into stage 4. It often surprises me how close the riders can mingle with the fans.

A look back ...

Westra shines at Mende.

Eventual stage winner, Tom Jelte Slagter pulls away and
soon will be joined by Geraint Thomas who becomes the new leader.
via TDWsport

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