After a strong showing in yesterday’s opening stage where Megan Jastrab took second and moved into the lead of the best young rider’s classification, Team DSM were more than motivated to repeat their performance today. Ahead of them lay a 153 kilometre route from Orust t0 Strömstad, and despite some rolling hills it looked set to be another sprint.
One potential factor that could have disrupted the day was a cross tailwind which followed the route for most the stage, and as a result the pace was high for most of the afternoon. As a result, despite the best efforts from some there was no real breakaway to speak of and it was all together heading into the finale. With the road changing direction the team tried to split it in the win but the sections were only short and everything regrouped; setting up another fast finale.
Moving up well as a group, the team were well positioned heading into the finale, avoiding a late crash. After the crash, things became a bit more hectic through the final turns and Jastrab opened up her sprint early. Powering to the line, she as ultimately passed by three others, but still collected an impressive fourth place; holding onto the white leader’s jersey for the team.