Van den Berg is fourth overall and Best Young Rider in Tour de Normandie
Today’s stage final stage started with Julius van den Berg and Cees Bol in contention for the overall win. Both Dutch riders were sitting three and thirty eight seconds away from the race lead with only one day to go. The 152 km loop between La Haye and the local circuit through the street of Caen was the last obstacle that the bunch had to overcome before wrapping up the 2018 edition of the Tour de Normandie.

The only option that the team had was to ride as offensively as possible, and shortly after the starting flag dropped Cees Bol jumped into the breakaway of the day alongside six other riders. That group quickly distanced the peloton and got a gap over the three minutes mark. Our strong Dutchman rode as virtual leader of the race for most of the parcourt, but despite all the work hard done during the stage the leading group, that was down to six at that point, entered to the final local laps 30 seconds ahead of the bunch. The peloton reached the break already in the last lap with only 2 km remaining. The race’s outcome was decided in a final bunch sprint.

Because of the bonus seconds at the finish line, Julius van den Berg finished the race in fourth place overall and secured the Best Young Rider jersey with teammate Cees Bol finishing in 12th place on GC. The excellent team performance was rewarded as well, as the Academy wrapped up the race on top of the Best Team classification.

Julius van den Berg, stage 5 winner, fourth overall and Best Young Rider:
“The plan for today was to make it a hard day and try to be in all the attacks. It worked out pretty well as Cees (Bol) was the best placed rider of the group that got away, but it was a pitty that the peloton got them. Personally, I am very satisfied with my performance and the stage win. Obviously as a rider you always want more and finishing fourth, only three seconds from the leader it is a bit disappointing, even more if I think about the 11 seconds that I lost the second day. But all in all I think that we did a great job and that the team was excellent, and being best team in such an important race as Tour de Normandie it is a big motivation for the rest of the season”.