Thanks to a solid performance on the final climb, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux has now two riders in the top ten of the provisional classification of the Deutschland Tour after the third stage which was considered the queen stage.
All day, Georg Zimmermann and Laurens Huys were well protected by their teammates on dry roads. But it started raining cats and dogs on the final climb towards Schauinsland (12 km at 7%), on which they fought to finish fifth and eighth respectively.
Zimmermann is also fifth in the provisional classification and best German rider, with Laurens Huys provisionally in ninth position. Alexander Kristoff remains in the lead of the points classification and will start the final stage around Stuttgart in the green jersey.