Today’s stage at the Tour of Rhodes was considered the queen stage of it all. The peloton had to tackle a total of 150 km from Rhodes to Maritsa, with two categorized climbs in along the way before hitting the challenging local circuit. The race was off to a fast start, and it wasn’t until well over the 50 km mark that two riders got away from the bunch and were allowed around a minute by the main group, with all our talents staying in the wheels in the peloton. As the peloton crested the hardest climb of the day, there were four Academy jerseys in the main reduced group. 

However, bad news hit our way in the descent when Marco Frigo was involved in a high speed crash that took place in the head of the bunch and sadly was forced to abandon the race following a broken collarbone. The race went on at full speed after that, with the race arriving to the final part of the stage with a reduced front bunch. Some attacks took place in the front, but Daan Hoole and Harrison Wood kept our interests well represented at all times. In the closing part of the day, our talents worked together to deliver Stan van Tricht onto the best possible position coming to the stage finale, and the Belgian rider crossed the line in third place. Thanks to the time bonus, van Tricht moves up to third in the overall classification and onto the white jersey of the Best Young Rider. Daan Hoole is also part of the GC mix with one day to go as the Dutch U23 Time Trial champion sits 10 seconds down on the race leader, while van Tricht is 8 shy from yellow. 

Tomorrow the race will be decided in a 153 km long stage between Rhodes and Afando.

Stan van Tricht, third in the stage and Best Young Rider:
“Today everything went as planned and we were with 4 in the front group after the hardest climb. Unfortunately Marco crashed really badly in the descent of this climb. The final was really controlled but in the end there were some strong attacks with Daan (Hoole) and Harrison (Wood) in them. The final 5 km were again controlled and my teammates did a good job by putting me in the front for the sprint”