Chaotic day in Normandie with Meeus spriting to third
After yesterday’s win by Alberto Dainese, which also catapulted him to the top of the General Classification, today’s stage was presented as a tough one for our guys. The Italian sprinter started the day in the right way as he took three bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint. But after a very fast first hour of racing, where the bunch covered almost 50 km, our Italian sprinter could not follow the pace and lost contact to the main group in the second climb of the day. 

That group never got back to the bunch, where our remaining five riders were in. Marten Kooistra showed our offensive spirit and went on the attack once the race hit the final local circuit, firstly he went up the road with one other rider before being chased by a 9-man group. The 11-man move remained in the front until 4 km to go, when the bunch with 4 Academy jerseys brought them back. As it has been constant in the first two days of racing, the fight for position and nerviosm caused another crash which involved Antunes, Hoole and Kooistra. Luckily, the three youngsters could get back on the bike and finish the stage. 

The reduced group that stayed in the front had Peák and Meeus representing the Academy flag with the later sprinting to third in the day. It was a close one, but we will be fighting for the win again tomorrow in the fourth stage of the 2019 Tour de Normandie. 

Vasilis Anastopoulos, DS for the race and Performance Manager, weights on today’s stage: 
“It was a very hard and fast day out. At the beginning everything went as planned with Alberto taking the bonus seconds after the first intermediate sprint and Marten joining an early break. Unfortunately the pace in the peloton never eased, it was just hard the whole time so Alberto lost contact with the peloton at the second long climb of the day. Marten attacked once more at the local laps but was brought back inside the last lap where a big crash brought him, Tiago and Daan down. At the end Jordi with the help of Barnabas finished 3rd. We still have 4 more stages to fight for another win”