2 months ago by Tim Bonville-Ginn

The French Dispatch: stage three

War of attrition.

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We left the rain behind today, the stage set up for the sprinters to have their first chance of a stage win. But it is never as simple as that. Sure, it ended in a kick, but the fast riders had to dig deep to get there. 

Multiple small groups and solo riders tried to get away, but almost all failed to get a gap. Fenix-Deceuninck’s Julie van de Velde managed to build an advantage of two minutes but was caught, heartbreakingly, in the final kilometer. 

Audrey and Barbara finished safely in the bunch with all of our riders making it to fight another day. After a tough first couple of days, Antri is feeling better and better – and even showed the Pactimo Cyprus national champion’s kit at the front of the peloton during the closing stages. 

In the end, the sprint finish was won by Lorena Wiebes of SD Worx.

Tomorrow, the parcours of the fourth stage goes back into the hills with another day that will drain the legs, especially with the finishing 900m averaging 13% gradient.