Today’s stage at the Tour d’Alsace featured a broken parcour that finished off atop of the mythical Planche des Belles Filles, one of the most famous climbs in the cycling scene. The race was off to a fast start, but the breakaway was soon set and the peloton allowed them quite a gap again. After 60 km, a group of four riders gapped the main group by more than 6 minutes. 

The peloton picked up the pace quickly and with around 10 km to the line the race was back in one piece. That meant that when the first slopes of the final climb the group was quite big but slowly it got reduced to just 20 riders, with Marco Frigo and Dries de Pooter. When the head of the race arrived to the final two kilometers the race exploded with our young Belgian crossing the line in 10th place, just 16 seconds down on the stage winner. Such a performance allowed him to move up to ninth in the overall standings with just two days to go. 

Pim Ligthart, Academy DS for the race: 
“It was a very fast stage and especially the first part was quite nervous, but we could go through that without suffering any crashes, which was great and allowed us to work together coming into the final climb. It was a survival ride on the slopes of the Planche des Belles Filles, and it was something special that he closed the Top 10 on such a climb”.