Arensman rides in the break in the queen stage in Alsace
After yesterday’s mountaintop finish up the Planche des Belles Filles, today it was the turn of the queen stage of the Tour d’Alsace. Today the peloton faced the hardest stage of the race that featured a total of five categorized climbs along the 165 km long parcour. The day kicked off at really high temperatures, but that did not stop several riders from trying to make it to the break from the early part of the stage. 

Our first year U23, Thymen Arensman, got himself into the front cut alongside 11 other riders and they were allowed a maximum gap of more than 2 minutes. Bad luck was on the side of our Dutch youngster as he suffered a puncture during a descent as was forced to chase the rest of the break for a while.  However, the high pace held by the bunch all the way from the start caused that the break was brought back with more than 40 km still to be race. 

The last climb was natural selection and quickly the front group was down to few riders. Tomorrow our riders will face the last stage of the race between Riedisheim and Dannemarie, that will feature a broken parcour which will make a hard day out on the bike.