Alex Evans takes second atop of la Planche des Belles Filles
We kicked off the 2019 edition of the Tour d’Alsace with a solid performance in the 3-man TTT prologue, finishing just 13″ off the best team along the 6 km long parcour. The first road stage featured a totally flat profile, that matched the likes of the fast men of our squad. After a 3-man breakaway got clear, the peloton kept the gap at a feasible distance at all times. The peloton timed it perfectly and picked up the pace in time to chase down the breakaway and decide the stage winner in a final bunch sprint. In the final rush to the line our Alberto Dainese took the most of the lead out of Kaden Groves and Marten Kooistra and took third in the day. 

Today’s stage presented a tough parcour with the finish line set atop of the Planche des Belles Filles. Our guys set off with the aim of showing their competitiveness and an example of that was that Thymen Arensman featured a 7-man breakaway that arrived to the foot of the infamous climb with one minute over the bunch. The leading group was slowly losing members, but the peloton chase them down. Out of the group of favorites, Alex Evans went away together with Thomas Pidcock, and they went under the Flamme Rouge with a handful of seconds ot the chasing group. At the line our Australian climber was second, and our Adam Hartley completed a really solid day for the Academy as he placed 10th in the day. 

We have an exciting weekend of racing ahead!