The third stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk is over. Today our man decided to lay low as he looked ahead to tomorrow, but he still managed to finish in 24th.
His roommate, Niki Terpstra was in the break early in the stage. “The intention was to nab a bonus second. It might sound ridiculous, but it is important. With that one second our team car moves up a place in the caravan. Today we were back in 14th.”
After the group with Terpstra was caught, Andy Cappelle gave it a try. And he was successful. “Andy wasn't so good yesterday and he was disappointed. But today he was really strong. He even fought for the stage win, but was caught in the final kilometers.”
The stage ended in a bunch sprint. “I was in a good position with one kilometer to go. About 500 meters later it all went wrong and I lost a lot of places. Anyway, today I wanted to save as much energy as possible and that worked out fairly well.”
The stage was won by Marce Kittel, who also won the first two stages. Whether the young German will win again tomorrow is another question. “It's the most difficult stage of the race. Tomorrow the general classification will likely be determined.”