After yesterday’s 202 km long stage, today the riders had to face a 186 km long parcour that featured up to six categorized climbs along the way. There was a lot of attacking going off from very early on, but our riders remained in the bunch waiting for the tough finale. All that work counted when the race hit the three consecutive ascents to the Ecce Homo climb, with Jan Maas and Stevie Williams riding in the main group. Only six riders stayed in front of that reduced pack, with both of our riders rolling 25 seconds behind the stage winner.
Unluckily today's stage also meant Adriaan Janssen's abandon. The strong Dutchman was not feeling well at the start line and after a few kilometers into the race the wiser decision was to stop him and do some testing next week.
Ahead of tomorrow's final stage, Jan Maas sits in 17th place overall over a minute behind the race leader and third in the Best Young Rider classification where he was a 22 seconds deficit.
Performance manager Vasilis Anastopoulos highlights the team commitment throughout the stage:
"Today's plan was to protect Jan, Julius and Stevie for the hard final circuit. The guys did a good job all day long protecting them, but unfortunately Julius didn't have a good day and lost contact from the peloton early on. All the hard work paid off and Stevie and Jan did a good job and were able to finish in the front group, just behind the 6-man cut that stayed upfront."