Schelling sixth in Isard; Dainese fourth in Haute France
Like yesterday, it was yet again another action-packed day for the Academy as we participated in two stage in French soil at the same time. The third day of the Ronde de l’Isard, started alike the first two and featured a fast first hour of racing, in which a group of five riders jumped away from the bunch. Once the race hit the slopes of the first categorized climb, our Thymen Arensman broke clear of the peloton along two other riders and made up the 2 minutes and a half to the breakaway by pulling alone. The fact that two hard climbs were followed, led that everyone was looking at our talented Dutchman to take the responsibility of pulling, and so he did, as he tried to go solo and just two riders were able to follow him before the peloton approached. The great effort caused that some teams chased him down while our riders were saving energy in the bunch. In the last climb, our Ide Schelling crested in the second group, and in the final 3 km uphill finish he attacked from the group he was in and accounted for sixth in the day. With one stage to go, he sits also sixth overall, just six seconds shy from the fourth place. 

In a Travers des Hauts la France, our guys were ready to redeem themselves from yesterday’s results. The stage was set for a final bunch sprint, but first, a group of three rides was let go at almost 6 minutes before the peloton picked up the pace. The fast chase caused several splits in the peloton, but eventually, it all got back together coming into the closing kilometers of the day. Our riders worked to set Alberto Dainese in the best possible position going into the final sprint, with our Italian sprinter taking fourth in the day. There’s one more chance tomorrow!