Cees Bol takes fourth in the final bunch sprint
Today’s stage, the fourth one in Tour de Normandie, featured a predominantly flat 155 km long parcour between the towns of Evrecy and Argentan. The multiple attempts to break clear from the bunch led to a fast first hour of racing, but none of the moves stuck. The windy conditions made act of presence shortly after and divided the peloton in small groups, with our guys initially making it to the second one before joining the head of the race.

The race broke apart again in the second categorized climb of the day with both groups being distanced by almost a minute. Everything came back together as they entered in the final local circuit. The flat roads and headwind in the final made it easy for the bunch to keep all the attacks under control, and work towards a final bunch sprint. Four kilometers before the finish line Cees Bol tried his luck but was quickly brought back by the main group, however the strong Dutchman did not give his chances up and put himself in the mix for the sprint coming away with a fourth place in the day. 

As yesterday the hectic and fast finale led to some tension and crashes in the peloton. Jordi Meeus, who suffered two crashes yesterday, went down today as well with 5 kms to go. However, the talented Belgian rider will be back on his bike tomorrow ready to help his teammates. After rolling in fourth place today, Cees Bol currently sits third in the overall classification ahead of tomorrow’s queen stage two seconds shy from the second place and eleven seconds away from the leader’s jersey. The great effort that the team is putting together is being rewarded as well, with the Academy currently sitting in second position in the Best Team Classification with the same time as the leader. 

Michel Cornelisse, team DS, shares his thoughts about the stage: 
“It was not our day today. Because of the wind it was difficult to make a hard race and when the echelons happened there was not enough cooperation to break the race and in the final 40 km the race was easy to control for a bunch sprint. Tomorrow will be a hard day, and many riders will focus their GC ambitions in that stage, so we are ready to tackle it. I see some strong legs in the team, plus with Cees (Bol) we are in a good position in the overall classification. It is tough to say how tomorrow’s stage will turn out, but one thing is for sure is that we will give it a go”.