Bol and Williams sprint into the Top 10 after an amazing team performance
Yesterday’s stage saw the bunch complete the longest day in the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bretagne, as well as our Edoardo Affini climbing all the way to third in the overall classification after a really strong performance that earned him a third place in the stage. Today the riders had in the menu 163 km between Clohars-Carnoët and Grand-Champ, with a hilly and tough final local circuit awaiting to decide the stage glory. 

The stage started with a lot of attacks, which brought large groups to be eventually distanced from the main group and went ahead, with our Daan Hoole and Cees Bol representing the Academy flag. That 22-man move allowed our 22-year old Dutchman to take three bonus seconds in the first intermediate sprint of the day before they were brought back. Even though that none of the multiple attacks stuck our riders kept always our colors well-represented, with Stevie Williams and Ide Schelling following all the cuts before the race entered into the final local circuit. Once the races hit the fast and sharp local circuit it was our Welsh climber the one who went into the lead before being joined by three other riders. When that move was brought back, Julius van den Berg continued the aggressive riding of the team and launched his attack and got into the head of the race with eight other riders. The U23 Dutch National TT champion did not stop there, and after being brought back by the main group, he attacked again trying to chase down the eventual race winner. 

One sole rider stayed ahead of the bunch and took a solo win, with Cees Bol (ninth) and Stevie Williams (tenth) rolling into the Top 10 of the day in the reduced sprint behind after a long day of attacking and aggressive riding. In the overall classification, our Edoardo Affini sits in fifth place with Julius van den Berg currently closing the Top 10.