After yesterday’s first stage in which we stayed out of trouble and led Stan van Tricht to ninth place in the end, despite the breakaway staying away, today the route had an interesting finale prepared. Two categorized climbs compressed in the final kilometers would decide the eventual winner. Unlike what happened yesterday, the peloton kept the breakaway at a reasonable distance at all times today, with the 3-min mark being the longest gap for the 6 leaders.
Our riders rode all day trouble-free in the bunch, and when the hard part of the stage approached they moved up as a unit towards the head of the peloton. As the slopes peaked, a solo rider launched his attack and was never caught. In the group in the back, Stan van Tricht sprinted to fifth in the day and moves up to sixth in the overall classification.
After today’s stage, tomorrow we will have another chance to fight for the win as the race will arrive at Cesenatico, where a sprint is previewed.
Pim Ligthart looks back on the day:
“The guys did a solid job and especially they followed the plan that we said pre-stage. We took our responsibility because we strongly believed that Stan (van Tricht) had a chance to win, and we came away with a fifth-place, which is pretty close. With his current form, we will try again tomorrow”