Race report

Ilan Van Wilder 7th in rain-soaked Tour de Romandie stage

Tour de Romandie

Stage three of racing at the Tour de Romandie saw the peloton take on laps of two separate loops, both starting and finishing in the town of Estavayer. Upon rolling out from the neutralised zone, horrible weather conditions and rain followed the riders throughout the afternoon as they took on the 169 kilometre long stage. It was a fast start to the day, with the team active once again in trying to make the breakaway but after several moves were brought back, a group of seven riders got clear.

With all Team DSM riders in the bunch, attention switched to staying safe and conserving energy for the hilly and rain-soaked finale. Coming onto the final climb with 15 kilometres to go the race was all but back together, with a reduced peloton catching the last breakaway rider. After being set up well and positioned by the rest of the team, Thymen Arensman and Ilan Van Wilder climbed with the best, going over the summit in a reduced front group. Just before the start of the descent, the stage winning solo attack was made, with Van Wilder sprinting to a good seventh place at the line for the team; his second seventh in two days.

“Today was a very wet day, and that made the race really tough because of the weather conditions,” explained Van Wilder. “We did a great job as a team to be together the whole day. Then in the final I was in a good position for the climb thanks to the guys. In the end it was a sprint again and I could do another top ten, so yeah, it was another good result for us.”

Team DSM coach Marc Reef added: “It was a rainy and cold one today in Romandie. The goal was to look for the break with Chad, Marco and Felix and to focus with support of Nico to do a final with Thymen and Ilan. We unfortunately didn’t make it in the break, but we were sharp the rest of the day sitting together and being in position towards the final two climbs. Ilan and Thymen were able to follow the best 20 riders on the climb and in the final Ilan sprinted to a good seventh for us. It was a really good ride from the team and an impressive ride from both youngsters to still be there.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 SOLER Marc Movistar Team 3:58:35 60
2 CORT Magnus EF Education - Nippo 0:22 25
3 SAGAN Peter BORA - hansgrohe ,, 10
7 VAN WILDER Ilan Team DSM ,, -
22 ARENSMAN Thymen Team DSM ,, -
53 BRENNER Marco Team DSM 2:48 -
56 GALL Felix Team DSM 3:29 -
78 DENZ Nico Team DSM 7:24 -
121 HAGA Chad Team DSM 19:01 -