Deutschland Tour (st. 3)
Local star from Movistar Team into reduced field’s sprint on stage three, swerving past a crash into the closing straight. Fernández, Pedrero, Arcas also into first main group.
Matej Mohoric (TBM) continues to make headlines in August, a month also marked by one name for the Movistar Team: Jasha Sütterlin. The Slovenian champion donned the leader’s jersey in the 2018 Deutschland Tour after winning stage three -177km between Trier and Merzig-, which dame down to a sprint of a bunch slightly bigger than expected, where the German from the Telefónica-backed squad took 4th place.
Well covered by his team-mates as they entered the final short loop, Sütterlin saw the peloton neglecting the only major move at the decisive climb of Eller Weg -a duo including Pieter Weening (RNL) and Warren Barguil (FST)-, and got into a good position for the eventful sprint, where he had to avoid a crash just next to him into the decisive straight. Rubén Fernández, Antonio Pedrero -despite a puncture with 25km remaining, solved with help from Nuno Bico- and Jorge Arcas also made part of the front peloton.
The German national stagerace will come to a close on Sunday with its longest stage: 207km ending with a circuit in Stuttgart, similar to the road race of the 2007 World Championships, where the Herdweg climb will be the main difficulty.
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