Race report

GC reshuffle sees Leo Hayter move up to 4th overall

Ronde de l'Isard

After yesterday afternoon’s team time trial success, Development Team Sunweb approached today’s difficult stage full of confidence. A clichéd stage of two halves, the opening part of the day took place flatter, albeit rolling roads. Whereas, the second half of the stage was jam-packed with climbing.

Controlling the day from the start because of the threat of echelons, the team were always present at the head of the peloton after the break of the day had formed. Heading over the top of the first climb the whole team were there on the plateau afterwards, before other teams took up the pace making.

Approaching the crest of the Col du Chioula, Leo Hayter put in a strong attack but he wasn’t given any leeway from the reduced peloton, with the head of the race all together as they went onto the descent. Unfortunately Hayter lost contact with the front group on the descent before he rode at his own temp all the way up the final climb, crossing the line in 12th place on the stage. It’s a result that sees him move up to fourth place on GC ahead of tomorrow’s final stage, with Nils Sinschek also in the top for the team, sitting in ninth.

“I think we were the most dominant team today apart from the final kilometres,” explained Hayter at the finish. “From the start we were all involved at the front because there was an opportunity for echelons. We were then at the front for the whole of the first climb and the plateau between. It was really impressive from the non-climbers in the team to be able to support me, Nils and Leon at that level. A small group including Van Gils and Gloag were up the road so when the opportunity came I attacked the main peloton to bridge across and was in the perfect place coming into the descent. In the end I had a poor descent, it’s something I want to work on, and I lost over a minute coming into the final climb. I just had to time trial myself to the top after that. The time I did should have brought me a podium result today but when you aren’t there to fight for it, it doesn’t matter. I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn’t finish the team’s hard work, but we’re still in a great place with fourth on GC coming into the final day. We’ll continue to fight and try and build on that.”

Team Sunweb coach Bennie Lambregts added: “The guys rode really well today as a team, supporting each other throughout the stage. Nils wasn’t on a great day and he was dropped on the second to last climb, but Enzo and Jarno were there to support Leo and Leon. Unfortunately, Leo didn’t have a great descent and it meant he started the final climb around one minute behind the front group. Leon was still up there for us but it was a strong pace on the climb and he couldn’t follow and had to set his own tempo to the line. Leo did a brilliant final climb and managed to catch up with some riders, finishing in 12th place. He now sits fourth on GC and we’ll give it a good go tomorrow to try and go for another good result.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 PARET-PEINTRE Valentin Chambery Cyclisme Competition 3:43:03 5
2 FISHER-BLACK Finn Jumbo-Visma Development Team 0:56 1
3 BOILEAU Alan VC Pays de Loudeac 0:58 -