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Arctic Race (3) : Wanty-Groupe Gobert affected by virus

Arctic Race (3) : Wanty-Groupe Gobert affected by virus

A virus hit Wanty-Groupe Gobert before the start of the third stage in the Arctic Race (2.HC, 10-13/08). Tom Devriendt and Brecht Dhaene did not take the start because of stomach problems and during the stage also Robin Stenuit had to give up. Also Andrea Pasqualon (before the stage 2nd in the GC and leader in the points classification) was not spared. Pasqualon tried to hang on on the final climb to Finnvikdalen but eventually lost more than 3 minutes. Yoann Offredo finished 35th. Tomorrow Pasqualon, Antonini and Offredo start in the final stage with start and finish in Tromsø.

Jean-Marc Rossignon (sports director):

"A virus hit our team on Friday night. Tom Devriendt and Brecht Dhaene did not take the start this morning due to stomach complaints and after 100 kilometers into the stage Robin Stenuit also had to abandon. Andrea Pasqualon was still hoping to defend his overall ranking. However, 3 kilometers before the finish he had to let go because of a lack of energy. "

"This virus is very unfortunate as our team is now halved and we can not fully defend the ranking of Pasqualon. If he is recovered on Sunday, we can target a stage victory in the final stage, which should suit him."

Results Stage 3 (Lyndseidet-Finnvikdalen):

1. August Jensen
2. Dylan Teuns
3. Dorian Godon
35. Yoann Offredo + 0:53
59. Simone Antonini + 2:58
77. Andrea Pasqualon + 3:40

GC after stage 3

1. Dylan Teuns 
2. August Jensen + 0:03
3. Michel Kreder + 0:17
39. Yoann Offredo + 3:22
42. Andrea Pasqualon + 3:48
58. Simone Antonini + 5:27

Picture : ASO