Photo Credit: Cor Vos
It was a hilly start to today’s third stage at the Tour de Hongrie which saw an aggressive opening 20 kilometres of action before a five rider group broke clear, with all Team DSM riders in the bunch. Those out front worked well together, building up an advantage of almost four minutes but the peloton were always in control. As the kilometres ticked by they ate into the gap, with Kevin Vermaerke riding strongly and contributing to the pace setting at the front for the team.
Heading into the finale the catch was made at ten kilometres to go, setting up the expected sprint finale. The fight for position was intense and the team did well to maintain a good position at the front of the peloton as things became more chaotic, looking to protect Alberto Dainese. Unfortunately, it was a crash marred finale and a big crash in the peloton at around one and a half kilometres to go saw Dainese and the rest of the team held up and unable to contest for a result at the finish.