After yesterday’s doubleheader action, the Ronde de l’Isard was back today with it’s third stage. The parcour presented a very tough day for the bunch as three categorized climbs were featured in the 140 km long parcour.
The race was off to a fast start with several riders trying to make it up the road in the flat part of the stage. Our riders were present in most of the moves, and despite an early 3-man group went clear, a group with four more riders, including our Stan van Tricht, bridged across and the seven of them rode together for the most part of the day.
However, the speed was picked up in the last part of the second-to-last climb and the a reduced group from the bunch caught up to the leader and went past them. Stan van Tricht was dropped from the main group and then rode easy to the line.
Aike Visbeek, Academy Director and DS for the race looks back to today’s stage:
“Today our focus was to be present in the break, as we thought that the stage winner could come from an early move, and the guys did a really good job of being present in a lot of cuts with Stan van Tricht making it in the move that eventually stuck. Unfortunately one of his companions was really up in the general classification, so they were not allowed enough time to play for the win. After the break was caught our focus switched in putting Marco Frigo into the best possible position, but despite he’s feeling better after the Giro d’Italia U23 he still has some way to 100% recovery. However we accomplish today’s goal, and tomorrow we have another day to fight”.