Photo Credit: DirectVelo / Zoé Soullard
The penultimate day of action at Alpes Isère Tour saw the peloton take on the second toughest stage of the week, with roughly 3000 metres of elevation gain throughout the day which included the tough mountain pass of Mont du Faz. It was an attacking start to the day before a break of six went clear, with all of the team’s riders in the bunch, conserving energy for what was to come.
Heading onto the Mont du Faz the breakaway was all but caught as the bunch charged over over the top, with the team well represented towards the front. Unfortunately, Oscar Onley crashed on the descent but he was able to remount and finish the stage okay. Onto the flat, and a group of around 20 forged on with Henri Vandenabeele and Pepijn Reinderink present for the team but a hard chase from a reduced peloton brought them back on the Côte de Varacieux, with Max Poole joining his team mates. Almost immediately though the pace increased yet again and the group thinned down on the climb where Vandenabeele indicated he wasn’t on his best day and had to let go of the wheels.
Despite some late attacks, where Poole and Reinderink were both active, the stage would come down to a reduced sprint finish. After some good work from Poole to set him up, Reinderink delivered a good turn of speed to take fifth place on the stage; moving up to sixth on GC ahead of tomorrow’s brutal mountain test.