Affini takes third in the day and moves up in GC
Today’s stage between Baden and Clohars-Carnoët featured the longest day on the bike for the peloton racing the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne. The race was off to hard start with the wind making act of presence very early on. It took a while for the break to eventually go away, but it was finally a group fo 4 riders the one who distanced the bunch and went up the road. 

Behind, everything stayed under control with the peloton not letting the break more than 2 minutes, and brought them back with 90 km to go. Once the race entered into the last hour of racing, two dangerous moves featuring important riders tried to go up the road. Our Cees Bol represented the Academy colors at all times in those moves, but none stuck. Already within the last 30 km of the day, another group of five riders left the main group behind, with Edo Affini jumping to their chase shortly after. The 21-year old Italian was joined by three more riders and the good collaboration allowed them to join the front group with 500m to go. Affini attacked as soon as he arrived in the fromt group, but was caught with 20m left and rolled in third. Julius van den Berg also attacked from the peloton in the last kilometers and got to the line ahead of the main group.

Affini began the day just outside the Top 10 in the overall classification 11 seconds down the race leader, but thanks to today’s efforts he sits in third with Julius van den Berg closing the Top 10. The powerful Italian takes back the red jersey that appoints the Best Young Rider of the race after wearing it in the second stage. Tomorrow it will be yet another action-packed day with 163 km and a hilly final circuit. 

Edo Affini, third overall and Best Young Rider jersey wearer: 
“We wanted to be present in all those late moves, that was our pre-race plan and it is what we did in the final part of the stage. However, I want to thank Cees (Bol) for giving me that mental push to follow the move that made it to the finish line. It was a hard stage, always up and down witg a lot of wind and bad weather conditions, but when we got into the local lap I felt quite good, and I tried to fight in the sprint and came away with third. Moving up in GC means that we did a great job as a team, we still have four more stages to show ourselves and ride like we know!”