This Saturday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux had the mission to defend the yellow leader’s jersey of Lorenzo Rota, after his stage win on the top of Pustevny one day before.
The third stage of the Sazka Tour, which is considered as the queen stage, finished on top of Dlouhé Stráně (10 km à 6,6%), which had to be covered twice on the parcours of 148 kilometer.
The solid team first controlled the early breakaway of twelve riders, which was caught during the first passage of Dlouhé Stráně, so more than 30 kilometer before the finish.
In contrary to the heat of the preceding days, the riders were confronted with wet roads and temperatures below 20 degrees. It was in these conditions that the best climbers fought for the win on the final climb.
Thanks to his sixth place on the top, Lorenzo Rota keeps his yellow leader’s kit before the final stage on a hilly course in Šternberk.