We head into today’s final stage with the yellow leader’s jersey on the shoulders of our trainee Stan van Tricht. After taking fifth in the opening stage, and sprinting to the win the following day, our Belgian trainee and the team set off with the goal of defending the lead all day long. Our riders took the front of the bunch early on, as an early attack featuring two riders with GC ambitions went up the road.
With the whole team committed, Stan van Tricht was always kept well-positioned in the front of the bunch and when the peloton broke into two big groups he was in the leading echelon together with fellow Belgian, Jordi Meeus. The main group split yet again with 25 km to go, leaving van Tricht in the leading group alongside 14 other riders. Our trainee fought hard and went all in trying to defend the overall lead, but a late attack from 5 riders, which was the eventual winning move, got him chasing all the way to the line.
In the end, van Tricht crossed the line in seventh place just six seconds away from the day’s winner. That gap together with the time bonuses in the finish, forced our 19-year old trainee down to the third place in the overall classification, ending up just three seconds short on the GC win. However, we can look back to a successful 4-day run in Olympia’s Tour in which we fought for the win day in and day out, and ended up in the overall podium.
Today’s stage marks the end of our 2019 season, our fifth in the peloton, in which we seized 13 UCI wins. We will be back in 2020!