Stage 3 of the Tour d'Alsace was destined to be a good day for the attackers and Edouard Lauber of Team Team Meder-Haguenau was the lucky rider to raise the arms to the sky. 160 km between Beaucourt and Colmar, mainly downhill, made for interesting day for teams who have yet to score a result. LEOPARD TREK was part of several breakaway attempt in the first part of the race, but missed the decisive one that would arrive at the finish in Colmar.
Spors Director Markus Zingen: "As we expected it was a very hard race, with a lot of attacks on the first part of the hilly, then flat stage. Tomorrow we have a short stage with an uphill finish in the morning and in the afternoon there's a TT. Sunday brings a hard mountain stage. This meant a lot of teams were keen to go in the break. It took 70 kilometers for the break to form and unfortunately we were no part of it. Six rider went away."
"Of course we were interested to hand also another possibility to our sprinters, so we collaborated to keep the gap at max 4:30, together with Endura Racing, the leader's team. But we didn’t want to spent too much energy either, because the GC with Alex is our main goal here. The other teams didn’t help to close the gap, only in the very last bits of the race, but then it was too late already."
"But we are looking forward for the hard weekend and we will support Alexandr as much as possible."