Jakobsen grabs his eighth win of the season at Olympia’s Tour
After two third places in a row our guys hit the road today ready to keep fighting for the victory in Olympia’s Tour stage 3. The first display of commitment came from our first year U23, Ide Schelling, he made it to the break of the day alongside another rider. In the predominantly flat course of today’s stage, that move from our youngster allowed his teammates to sit on the bunch and save energy for the final end of the day.

The breakaway did not get a large gap, as it was always kept under the two minutes limit by the bunch. The insistence of both members of the leading group made that the bunch did not catch them until 5 kilometers were remaining. At that point, our riders moved up to the head of the peloton and all worked on the lead-out for our sprinter, the two-year running U23 Dutch Champion Fabio Jakobsen. Our guys delivered Fabio in perfect position for the last few meters, and the strong Dutchman made all the work count and got the line in first place.

After the lead-out our guys rode to the line safely in the bunch and Edo Affini kept his third spot in the overall classification, with teammates Marten Kooistra and Julius van den Berg sitting in fourth and seventh. As yesterday, the whole team work sees its rewards as the team stays on top of the teams classification.

The 21-year old shares his thoughts about the great teamwork in today’s stage: “This was a team victory, I couldn’t have done it without them all. Everyone committed to the plan and in the final kilometers they gave me the best lead-out of the year! It feels like kind of a revenge for yesterday’s stage. After being so close for two days in a row we were determined to get the win!”

Performance Manager, Vasilis Anostopoulos, highlights the fighting spirit of the riders, and the commitment they had to today’s plan:

“Yesterday was an almost perfect day, but today was a perfect one! We knew that it was going to be a sprint stage therefore our plan was to put a guy in a small break, so we didn’t need to work in the peloton, and then we could play a two-card game as Fabio would do the sprint if the break was caught. That’s exactly what the guys did, they executed the plan perfectly. Our youngster Ide made it to the break of the day with another rider and he finished up with the most aggressive jersey. After he was caught our team moved to the front of the bunch and set the pace for the last 5 km. The lead-out was perfect and the guys delivered Fabio in perfect position for the sprint, and he finished the day with the hands in the air!”