Staune-Mittet rewards Team Jumbo-Visma on queen stage Czech Tour
Johannes Staune-Mittet has won the queen stage of the Czech Tour. The Norwegian U23 rider of Team Jumbo-Visma attacked on the penultimate climb and then held off the entire peloton in Červenohorské Sedlo.
After Per Strand Hagenes' second place on stage two, Staune-Mittet gave Jumbo-Visma the win on stage three. For the 21-year-old rider, who is still part of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team, it is his first professional victory. "It feels great”, the Norwegian said. "I'm happy to reward the hard work of my teammates."
Staune-Mittet received ideal support from them on the way to victory. "We wanted to attack the yellow jersey and did everything we could to challenge the race leader”, sports director Robert Wagner said. "Johannes indicated in the meeting what he wanted to do. With Michel Hessmann, Tijmen Graat and Per Strand Hagenes, we had several riders high up in the general classification.”
"I'm very proud of the team's performance today."
From the first climb, Team Jumbo-Visma stepped up the pace. "There, we rode at a very high pace with the whole team”, Wagner continued. "On the penultimate climb, Johannes took a small lead. It became a mental battle where I did everything I could to push him forward. Luckily, he held on, but it was nerve-wracking.”
Staune-Mittet agreed: "The team rolled out the red carpet for me. They rode very hard uphill, and then it was up to me. We know we can do it, but for it to turn out like this is perfect. After that, it was a battle with leader Florian Lipowitz, who stayed close after my attack. Luckily I was able to hold him off.”
"Now it's time to celebrate for a while, but after that, the focus should quickly turn to the final stage”, Staune-Mittet continued. Wagner: "I'm very proud of the team's performance today. Tomorrow we will go full steam ahead in the final stage.”
The third stage of the Czech Tour was Staune-Mittet's fourth victory of the season. He previously won the general classification and queen stage at the Giro Next Gen and the Italian one-day Giro del Belvedere for the Development Team. The future pro’s win takes Team Jumbo-Visma team's total number of victories to 45.