Williams keeps the yellow jersey safe with one day to go
Today’s stage between Lévignac and Boulogne-sur-Gesse featured a totally different type of parcour than the two previous days. The never stopping ups and downs on the road to the finish made it a hard day for the peloton since the very beginning of the day. The bunch quickly broke into two big group, with four Academy riders keeping Stevie Williams always safe in the front. 

Numerous attacks took part in the front of the race, leading to a constant high pace, with our riders always reacting in front and keeping our chances high. In the final 50 kilometres, a break of four riders took almost three minutes to the bunch, but the cooperation in the bunch caught the last rider in the final local circuit. The hectic parcour left only a group of around 20 riders in front heading into the closing part of the day and in the final reduced sprint our Jan Maas took tenth, with Stevie Williams safely crossing the line and keeping the yellow jersey on his shoulders. 

The Welshman will go into tomorrow’s final day with a 23-second margin over the second rider in the overall classification and also as the leader of the King of the Mountains classification. The final stage will take place between Salies-du-Salat and Saint Girons in a repetition of last year’s parcour. Three first category climbs await the rider, with the one place 40 km away from the line. 

Michel Cornelisse, team DS, shares his thoughts ahead of the final day:
“Today it was a very hard day, probably the hardest of the whole race as the speed has been really high at all times. I am really happy with the work the riders did today because from start to finish they did not have a moment to rest and they rode perfectly. We go into the last day with the leader’s jersey and a very strong team so we just have to keep doing things like the last three days and we will be safe”.