Race report

Casper van Uden takes 5th in sprint stage finale at Tour Alsace

Tour Alsace

The final day of racing at the Tour Alsace saw the Development program take on a predominantly flat 158 kilometres from Mulhouse to Berrwiller; albeit with several small rolling hills throughout the day. It was an attacking start to the stage with lots of moves trying to go clear but eventually a break of four managed to escape and the race settled into a rhythm.

With all Team DSM riders in the peloton focus remained on staying safe while helping to make sure that the breakaway’s advantage didn’t get too big; with the aim of setting up finisher Casper van Uden for the finale. As the kilometres ticked by first Joost Brinkman, then Enzo Leijnse, did a great job to help set tempo in the peloton and heading into the finale the race was all back together.

A flurry of new attacks made the run in more hectic with Hannes Wilksch and Patrick Eddy trying their best to bring Van Uden into a good position. Coming out of the final corner they had dropped Van Uden in around third wheel but as the sprint opened up he got blocked a little bit. Trying to kick again and come out into space, Van Uden had to ultimately settle for fifth place on the line.

“We wanted to go for a sprint finish today,” explained Van Uden. “The boys worked really hard and I want to thank them a lot. Unfortunately, I made a little mistake in the finale and couldn’t sprint for the win anymore.”

Team DSM coach Boris Zimine added: “The plan was clear today, we wanted to be all around Casper and set up a sprint. The whole team worked really hard at the start of the stage to control things and make sure that it was a break of less than five riders who went. After that Joost helped to control things and he did that really well until 20 kilometres to go – it was a really good experience and learning day for him. The whole team then went full for the lead out with Casper but in the last 800 metres the race was a bit hectic and we made some mistakes, with Casper finishing fifth in the end. 


Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 WATSON Samuel Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ 3:32:43 7
2 POLLEFLIET Gianluca Lotto - Soudal U23 ,, 3
3 LAMPERTI Luke Trinity Racing ,, 1