The fifth day out at Olympia’s Tour saw Development Team Sunweb contest a 141 kilometre route around Offenbeek. As soon as the flag was dropped, the attacks came in their numbers.
Maxime Gressier was one of the first riders on the move, but the peloton let no one clear until kilometre 35, when four riders jumped clear of the bunch. The quartet stayed clear of the bunch for 100 kilometres, but with 10 to go they were eventually reeled in by the peloton who were hungry for another bunch kick to the line. Despite counter attacks, the group remained together for the fast-men to battle it out. Team Sunweb’s Florian Stork finished just outside of the top 20.
“Today we were up there with every rider at the beginning of the stage to try to create a strong break,” explained Florian Stork. “Unfortunately the sprinters teams controlled every move and we were unable to get away so we decided to go for a late attack in the final. It was pretty hectic with a lot of crashes and it wasn’t possible to make a move like we had wanted to. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow with a very hard stage which suits us even more so we can finish this year’s Olympia’s Tour with a nice result.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers said: “Today was another fast stage which was controlled by the GC teams. The team tried to get in the break but it didn’t work out. Next we tried to go for a late-attack but it wasn’t possible because the pace was so high in the bunch. Florian finished just outside of the top 20.”