After the breakaway with Marc Hirschi was brought back just before the finish line, Development Team Sunweb’s Nils Eekhoff sprinted to 9th place.
After getting in the day’s early breakaway, Jarno Mobach represented the team in the six man group that animated the early kilometres of the race. A counter attack with Marc Hirschi bridged across to the leading group with 137 kilometres in the legs, making it 16 up front with a 30 second advantage.
As the efforts of the day began to take their toll, the group reduced down to eight with the newly crowned U23 world champion still in contention in the break. After a last minute attack from the break the group were caught ahead of the finish line, with Team Sunweb’s Nils Eekhoff finishing the day in 9th place.
Marc said: “At the beginning of the race there was a big fight for the breakaway and it was great that Jarno could jump ahead to the group. On the second climb the group split and six guys bridged across to the front. I managed to get up there in the crosswinds later on but unfortunately Jarno dropped. We made it until 1 kilometre to go and then the bunch caught us. Nils did a great sprint and managed to get 9th. We were always present in the groups where we needed to be which is good, and we’re looking forward to Paris-Tours now.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “Today was a good race from the development team. We had Jarno in the early break and then Marc in the dangerous move that went later on. In the sprint we made some small mistakes but we showed a good level, good team spirit and team work and it was a really good race that motivates us for Paris-Tours.”