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Carstensen misses victory by centimetres

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Pro Cycling

Lucas Carstensen sprinted to a good second place at yesterday's stage 3 at Tour of Ireland (UCI 2.2) and missed the victory only by centimetres. 

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