It was a cold, rainy and windy day in Tour de Normandie. Stage three kicked off at the foot of a 2 km long hill, and after several attempts the breakaway was composed. Five riders, including our Marten Kooistra went up the road and worked together during the vast majority of the stage. Meanwhile the peloton was riding at controlled tempo, keeping the leader’s gap always around two minutes. The leading group grew up to six riders before the last lap, as the peloton approached the last climb of the day.
At the top of it the break was down to 4 riders, Marten could not follow as he lost energy chasing back the break after a puncture. The victory remained upfront and as the bunch was setting up for the sprint Fabio Jakobsen had a puncture that ended all his chances of taking again the stage win. Our guys quickly adopted a new plan and delivered Gabriel Cullaigh to tenth place of the day.
Hopefully more luck tomorrow! Bring it on!