The third stage at the Sazka Tour (2.1, 5-8/8) started with a long warm up until a trio of categorized climbs. An early breakaway of five riders made use of it by building an advantage of 2’30. Just like the days before, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux lead the chase with Alexander Evans and Jérémy Bellicaud until only 26 riders were remaining in the peloton after the three successive climbs. The long downhill gave the dropped riders the opportunity to come back, so the final climb (9.7km at 6.7%) was again decisive for the stage win. The Norwegian rider Tobias Halland Johannessen took the victory ahead of new race leader Filippo Zana and Rein Taaramäe. The Estonian rider finishes on the same step of the podium for a second day in a row and stays also in 3rd position in the provisional general classification.
The Sunday stage between Sumperk and Sternberk contains nine categorized climbs, divided between the beginning and the end of the stage. Longer climbs have to be covered during the first two race hours, in contrary to a steep and short climb of 900 meter on the final circuit. The 174 kilometer final stage ends with four of these 7 kilometer laps. The Czech rider Jan Hirt, 7th in the stage and 7th in the provisional classification, is a former stage winner in Sternberk (2014).
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