A good day out at Tour Alsace sees Marc Hirschi take 2nd on the stage and Florian Stork the new leader in the GC.
There was a big fight for the breakaway at Tour Alsace’s third stage, with it taking 50 kilometres before things settled down with a four rider group up the road. Things remained calm in the bunch until the final climb, when one rider lead the race solo. Marc Hirschi was in a six man chase group, hunting down the lone leader, and with a last minute attack he managed to distance the rest of his chase group to take 2nd on the stage. Finishing in 15th place, Florian takes over the lead in the general classification.
Florian said: “Today was a really tough day with temperatures over 36 degrees. We knew that with the time advantage of yesterday that there is a chance that I could keep a good position in the GC since the last climb today suited me quite well. But I’m still stoked that it was enough to get the GC lead. Now we have with Marc and me two riders in a good position ahead of tomorrow’s queen stage. All the guys did a good job to deliver Marc and me in a good position in the bottom of the final climb.”
Team Sunweb coach Koen de Haan said: “Today was a very strong job with the team. The goal was to go for the stage with Marc and also keep Florian protected for the GC. At the beginning of the final climb, la Plache des Belles Filles, the whole team was still in the first group. Florian stayed long with the first group and finished 15th. Marc did a late attack for the win but couldn’t catch the leader and finished 2nd. With his strong effort Florian becomes the new GC leader. It’s nice to see him now in the leaders jersey after all the hard work he did for the team this year.”