Oscar Riesebeek finished in third place in the tough third stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, between Abbaye de l’Epau and Pré-en-Pail Saint-Samson. He’s now fourth in the GC. “I was hoping to get our first victory this season.”
Oscar Riesebeek: “We were in a leading group of ten riders. Gougeard (the later stage winner) escaped solo. Vital Concept had two riders in our group, but they didnt chase him. I tried to go after him in the last local lap, but he was too far and behind me they closed the gap quickly.”
“It was a finale with lots of turns. I was the first to dive into the last corner as our group was really stretched. One rider of Vital Concept passed by me so I finished in third position. That was nearly the maximum possible result. I was hoping to get that first victory for our team this season. But I wasn’t the best rider in the leading group. So that was difficult. Then you have to take a tactical approach.”
Somewhere in the final, Maurits Lammertink was chasing the leaders. “It’s a pitty he didn’t get to our group. There would have been two of us. Of course, those guys up front kept on riding too and I couldn’t take the risk of waiting.” The Circuit Cycliste Sarthe ends tomorrow, Friday, with another tough stage. “We still have to discuss our approach, but on paper it’ll be as tough as today. Normally, if I feel good, I’ll have to be able to stay well at the front of the race”, says Riesebeek.
After the third stage, Oscar Riesebeek is fourth in the GC, 26 seconds behind Alexis Gougeard. Huub Duyn, who finished in eleventh place today, is thirteenth in the GC at 1:26.
Results stage 3
- 3. Riesebeek
- 11. Duyn
- 20. Lammertink
- 29. De Witte
- 34. van der Lijke
- 63. Livyns