Today's 202 km long stage featured the longest day of the race. The bunch was off to a fast start until a group of five riders broke clear to the hilly parcour. Following team's orders our Italian rider, Edoardo Affini, joined the move and stayed upfront until a mechanical forced him to wait for the car and rejoin the pack. The interest of a number of teams to control the race, brought the break back and in the final sprint of the bunch our Julius van den Berg took 19th.
Performance manager and DS for the race, Vasilis Anastopoulos, shares his thoughts after today's stage:
"It was almost sure that today's stage would finish in a bunch sprint. That's why we asked Edo, Henrik and Adriaan to join the break, therefore we didn't need to work as a team and we could protect Julius and Marten who could go for the sprint later in the stage. Edo joined the break of 5 but a broken chain meant that he came back to the main peloton. Bora controlled the race so it ended up in a bunch sprint but bad positioning caused some places to Julius. At the line he rolled in 19th with Marten some more places behind. For sure we missed Fabio today, our best sprinter who had to skip the race last minute because of his crash during the European Championships."