Ben Healy: from waterboy in Roubaix to standing up to Pogacar in the Amstel

The Irish cyclist Ben Healy has endorsed this Sunday in the Amstel Gold Race why he is one of the great revelations of the 2023 season. Healy, 22, was the only one who could keep up with Tadej Pogacar and Tom Pidcock after the Slovenian’s attack and, when Pogacar left alone, he was able to overtake Pidcock to finish alone in second position.

A Healy who this season is demonstrating to the elite of the peloton the expectations that he already showed in his time as a junior and under-23 after achieving stage victories in prestigious events such as the Tour of the Future or the Giro d’Italia under-23 after training in two of the great nurseries of British cycling: Wiggins and Trinity.

After making the leap to professionals in 2022 with the EF Education Easypost, Healy has taken a giant step in his progression in 2023, in which he achieved third place in the Calvià Trophy of the Mallorca Challenge; a stage, the youth classification and third place overall in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali; and the victory in the GP Industria & Artigianato. Healy was also on the verge of adding another prestigious victory in the Brabanzona Arrowwhere he finally gave in to the sprint to Dorian Godon.

A Ben Healy who also He demonstrated his commitment to the team during the last Paris-Roubaix, where he did not compete, but that did not stop him from helping his teammates during the race, since the team itself shared a video on its social networks in which Healy was converted by a day on camera and in the water carrier of his companions during the demanding stretches of pavés from the Hell of the North, also teaching how to distribute the drums to his companions in the race and the difficulty that this entails on occasions.

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In statements provided by the EF Education Easypost, Healy thus celebrated his great performance. “I was second, only behind the best cyclist in the world at the moment, so I think it’s a great day. His team has been riding very hard all day and he didn’t give them a chance to break away, and that’s why he was riding in the top 30-40 all the time. And then, with 100 kilometers to go, the race broke up and I left with the group. I played the card to stay behind because we had Neilson Powless in front. When the race got tough, many gave in and I was one of the strongest. I was very excited when I released Pidcock and saw that the gap with Pogacar was going down, but he also had strength left in his legs. It was an amazing race and a bit surreal. Second in the Amstel Gold Race. Not bad, huh?” Word of a Ben Healy who will have to be followed closely in 2023 after standing up to two phenomena like Tadej Pogacar and Tom Pidcock.

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