Yesterday's third stage led over 140 kilometers from Tipperary into Listowel, to the south of the island. After the hectic start of the race, a break away consisting of 6 men could settle and was controlled by the boys of BIKE AID.
"We were convinced that we could win the stage with Lucas and therefore worked a lot for a bunch sprint," said Daniel Bichlmann after the race. In the end, Carstensen got only then beaten by the Dutchman Luuc Bugter in the sprint by a few inches.
"My top speed was definitely the best today, the line came a bit too early," said Lucas Carstensen, describing the situation after the Dutchman was awarded the victory in the photo finish.
Already today, a preliminary decision is expected for the GC, when it goes over 153 very tough and hilly kilometers further south.
Photos: INPHO Sportphotography