After thirteen escapees were caught on the penultimate slope of the day, Swiss Roland Thalmann accelerated with fifteen kilometers to go. His attack stranded five kilometers from the uphill finish. A little further on, a leading group with twelve riders formed. That included Kamiel Bonneu, Luca Covili, Eduardo Sepulveda, Jan Hirt, Max Poole, Lorenzo Rota, Filippo Zana, Kevin Colleoni, Anthon Charmig, Riccardo Zoidl, Johannes Staune-Mittet, Oscar Onley and leader Lorenzo Rota. They were allowed to sprint for the victory and Kamiel Bonneu turned out to be the fastest.
“The fact that I can book my first victory in a nice stage race makes it even more special,” says Bonneu. “We had entered the final with a leading group of twelve riders. In the end, ten more of them would sprint on the uphill finish. During the first passage, a solid pace had already been developed at the arrival and the large group had already been seriously thinned out. On the last climb it became a battle of attrition and I could make it there. Less than 500 meters from the finish line, Johannes Staune-Mittet accelerated. I jumped to his wheel and waited a bit. After all, the wind was in the lead, and it came out at the right time.”
Bonneu: “Delivered work pays off”
“That first professional victory gives an indescribable feeling. I didn’t see it coming either, because I had a bad day on Friday. I think it hurts from the heat. Today it was 15 degrees cooler. This victory comes after an altitude internship that I did just before this stage race. It’s great when the work done pays off. I’m feeling good. Maybe I can go for the win again on Sunday. We have really put in some good performances with the team here. We can already look back with satisfaction on this stage race, after all, half of the stages have already won.”
“After the Sazka Tour, the Tour of Denmark is on the program for me, followed by the Druivenkoers van Overijse and then the Tour of Great Britain. But first enjoy this first professional victory.”
Good luck for Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
After the victory of Rune Herregodts in the opening stage, Bonneu already signed for the second stage victory for Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise in this Sazka Tour. 27-year-old Italian Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) remains the leader with one second ahead of Charmig.
The curtain will fall on the Czech four-day stage race on Sunday. The riders will then ride from Sumperk to Sternbek. In the final stage, six climbs are on the agenda, before the four local laps of 7.1 kilometers, each with the slope Na Valech, are tackled.