It was a fast an hectic ride around the streets of Sausheim. A flat-out 4,7 km long circuit, which the riders tackled in two teams of three, kicked off the 2017 edition of the Tour de l’Alsace.
The local lap had some sharp corners and roundabouts which made today’s prologue a tough one to face. The good understanding between Fabio Jakobsen, Julius van den Berg and Edo Affini brought the U23 Dutch TT champion and the Italian rider to 11th and 12th spot on GC, just eleven seconds shy from the stage winner. Moreover, Edo will stand-out of the peloton tomorrow as he will be wearing a multi-colored jersey as the leader of the most combative rider classification.
Our second three-rider team formed by Jan Maas, Lucas Eriksson and Hartthijs de Vries rode really smart race and got to the line as a unit over thirty seconds from the fastest time of the day.
Tomorrow the bunch will face the first road stage and it will be a tough one. The finish line will await the riders at the top of the mythical Planche des Belles Filles after 148 km and three categorized climbs.