Archbold and Baska finish inside the top ten on Czech Tour stage 3
Stage 3 of the Czech Tour covered 176 kilometers from Olomouc to Unicov with some hilly sections and a flat finish.
Five riders formed the day’s break while BORA – hansgrohe with the leader of the sprint jersey, Shane Archbold, remained in the main bunch. The breakaway was gone for most of the stage, but as expected it was all back together with around 50 kilometers remaining.
BORA – hansgrohe and Mitchelton – Scott increased the pace and took over control of the bunch as the race headed onto the final lap.
In a hectic bunch sprint Shane Archbold sprinted to fourth place and was able to defend his lead in the points classification, while teammate Erik Baska came in sixth on today’s third stage.
01 A. Dainese 4:01:02
02 D. Rajovic +0:00
03 S. Aniolkowski +0:00
04 S. Archbold +0:00
06 E. Baska +0:00
From the Finish Line
„After Mitchelton-Scott closed the gap, they made the race really hard. But we were able to follow and afterwards we took control of the front of the race with Schwarzi and started our lead-out. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to win the stage but well, that is cycling. Tomorrow we will work for Felix and try to achieve another good result.”– Andreas Schillinger
“Today was meant to be an easy bunch sprint but Mitchelton-Scott rode quite a fast tempo and made it quite hard for the rest of the peloton, therefore the race split several times. However, at the end it all came back together and I am happy that I was able to defend the sprint jersey. Tomorrow we will fight for the GC.” – Shane Archbold