Van den Berg wins the queen stage in Tour de Normandie
Today’s stage was marked as the hardest and most difficult one of the 2018 Tour de Normandie. The 175 km long parcour was filled with two categorized climbs and a hilly final local circuit that the peloton had to tackle a total of four times. As the race got underway a group of three riders went up the road and they were allowed up to four minutes before the bunch picked up the pace. 

The gap was quickly reduced and as the bunch entered to the final local circuit a group of 11 riders, including Julius van den Berg, made a move and distanced the main group. The good cooperation helped to increase the time distance to the peloton as they the finish line was getting closer. With 13 kms to go, Julius van den Berg alongside gave it a go and attacked the leading group. Once again, the good cooperation did not let the chasers to enter again in the group. In the final kilometer the three leaders in sprinted for the victory with our strong Dutchman being the fastest and taking home the stage win. 

The stage win, together with two bonus seconds that the U23 Dutch National TT champion picked up in the last intermediate sprint of the day, move him up to third in the overall classification, three seconds shy from the race lead, and tomorrow will be the white jersey as the Best Young Rider of the race. Cees Bol, who finished the day in the bunch, currently sits in 12th place on GC 38 seconds down and the leader. The team effort is also being rewarded as the Academy will roll off tomorrow as first in the Best Team classification. 

Julius van den Berg, stage winner: 
“The plan coming into the race was to ride aggressively and try to tackle the race lead. It was a hard parcour and the rainy weather made things harder. We had to be in most of the attacks, and that is what I did when we arrived to the final local circuit. With one and a half laps to go there two riders attacked and I followed them and in the final kilometers I gambled a bit because I really wanted the stage win, and it worked out perfectly. I am really happy with the win and now have two options on GC and the goal for the coming two days is none other than winning Tour de Normandie”.