On today’s fifth stage of An Post Rás the guys from Stradalli – BIKE AID had a lot in their mind what they wanted to do. In the language of football (soccer), nowadays everybody talks about “match plans” and so on. Whatever you may think about those kind of “plans” or “missions” one thing is for sure: like in real life it is important to set some goals and to try to reach them as good as possible. And honestly, who wants to go through live without any plan?
Today the riders of team Stradalli – BIKE AID agreed together on 2 main goals: first, to take back the KOM – leader jersey for Nikodemus Holler and second, to try to put pressure on the yellow jersey today.
With these targets in their pocket, the riders from the German team went to the start line ready to fight like hell. Sure, during the Rás it is very hard to control the race as the teams consist only of 5 riders and the race is so nervous and hectic but the guys did the utmost to reach the goals. Again working hard as a team they could control the pack until the first KOM and Nikodemus did his job so reliable as we know him. He won the first KOM and took second in the KOM number 2 to win again the third.
With taking all these points, Niko now leads with 11 points ahead of the second and wears the leader jersey of the KOM classification again! A very beautiful one by the way, very colourful!
At the end of the stage, Niko finished with a group of other favourites on 13th place 27 seconds back on the winner Wouter Mol form dutch team De Rijke.
So there is one goal left for the upcoming days, guys!
Photo Credits: INPHO/Morgan Treacy, INPHO/Ryan Byrne