Team Visma | Lease a Bike finishes third stage Tour Down Under without difficulties
Team Visma | Lease a Bike has finished the third stage of the Tour Down Under without any problems. It was a stage for the sprinters. Sam Welsford won. Milan Vader had another excellent day and finished just behind the fast men.
After two short categorised climbs shortly after the start, the rest of the third stage was flat. Four riders attacked and built up a significant gap. The peloton caught them well before the finish.
According to sports director Addy Engels, things got a bit more nervous. "It was a quiet stage with a small lead group, as we predicted. Things got more hectic when that group was caught with over 30 kilometres to go. There were a lot of fast corners in the last ten kilometres.”
"Luckily, we stayed out of trouble in the hectic final and finished well"
"Serious crashes showed how hectic the final was. But our riders said that everything went well. Luckily, we stayed out of trouble and finished well”, the sports director said.
Vader, leader of the Visma | Lease a Bike team in the Australian stage race, finished in the top twenty of the day's results thanks to the team's good work. "The aim is not to interfere in the sprint, but Milan needs to be as close to the finish as possible every day. If there is only a small time difference in the final classification, it is the stage results that count, and it is better to finish close to the winner of the day”, Engels said.
"The goal for the weekend is to get the best possible result with Milan"
Another bunch sprint is expected tomorrow before the Tour Down Under concludes with two mountaintop finishes over the weekend. Engels: "So far, we have finished three times in a big group. These are difficult days for us because we don't have a pure sprinter here. The goal is to get the best possible result with Milan. We have to make sure we come out strong at the weekend.”