After yesterday’s hectic TTT, the peloton started in Velleminfroy the first road stage of the Tour de l’Alsace. Today’s route held three categorized climbs, with the two first category ones compressed within the last 30 km with finish line awaiting at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles. The peloton featured a fast start and after several attacks, it was a 16-man group the one that broke clear and formed the break of day. Due to the brutal final end of the stage, our guys rode smartly in the bunch saving power for the later part of the day.
The main group picked up the pace in the second-to-last climb, the Miellin, and when the race hit the first slopes of the Planche des Belles Filles the race broke into small pieces. Four survivors of the initial breakaway kept their gap to the peloton and played the victory among themselves. Our top finisher was Lucas Eriksson, who finished over a minute down to the stage winner after a overcoming the hard slopes of mythical French climb.
Two stages down, but three to go. We will keep on fighting!