Stage three of Olympia’s Tour saw another fierce battle for the breakaway, with a group of five only going clear after 65 kilometres.
Development Team Sunweb’s Jarno Mobach was involved in the group, who were reeled back in after a short lead. It was a two-rider breakaway that dominated proceedings, with the duo taking a lead that peaked at two and a half minutes. When the race reached it’s local laps, the bunch had the breakaway within reach and at the 11 kilometres to go mark, they were swept up by the bunch. As soon as the race came back together attacks were flying off the front, with both Jarno Mobach and Florian Stork trying their luck. The day ended in a bunch sprint where Maxime Gressier finished inside the top 20 riders.
“Today the aim was to get in the breakaway and possibly take a result this way,” explained Jarno after the stage. “At the beginning I was away with four others but unfortunately the move didn’t stick. Teams took control over a 2-man break and it soon looked like we were heading towards an inevitable bunch sprint as there were no proper attempts to split the bunch. Maxime finished top from us.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers said: “Today was a pretty easy stage where other teams took control. Jarno was in a small break but it didn’t end up being the break of the day. For the final we supported both Jarno and Florian to attack but with other teams keen for a sprint, we were unsuccessful. It was a good job by the team today and we’re looking forward to another day out tomorrow.”