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Barbier sprints to fourth place after impressive leadout

Israel Start-Up Nation set up Rudy Barbier perfectly for the final sprint on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway with an impeccable leadout.

Knowing that Friday’s stage would be a good opportunity for the sprinters to shine, the ISN guys were the determined to get in the mix. The team helped set the pace in the peloton, bringing back the early breakaway for the expected bunch sprint in Kilpisjärvi (Finland).

At the end, Tom Van Asbroeck and Rick Zabel pulled off an incredible leadout for Rudy Barbier who sprinted to fourth place on the day. The Frenchman was aiming for more but unfortunately, he suffered a hard crash earlier on the stage, which held him back in the sprint.

Tomorrow, the queen stage of Arctic Race of Norway awaits with the uphill finish in Målselv. ISN will be banking on Ben Hermans to fight for a good result.

Sports director, Nicki Sørensen: “It makes me happy to see such a strong team performance as we saw today. Unfortunately, Rudy [Barbier] crashed hard halfway through the stage and landed up in a ditch. Taking that into consideration, I think this was a good result. The leadout was impeccable. Once again, Rick [Zabel] and Tom [Van Asbroeck] show how incredibly good they are at this. Also Guy Sagiv was very impressive today. He pulled a lot yesterday and today he was up there again. He’s really strong at the moment. We didn’t get the win today but I’m still very satisfied with the guys.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Barbier sprints to third, Vanmarcke second in GC after stage 3 Settimana

The party in the third stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana started over halfway into the stage.

The reason? The wind.

Israeli riders Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv played a vital role on the windy battlefield. They were among the team members that sprinter Barbier and GC competitors Ben Hermans and Sep Vanmarcke relied on.

Settimana Ciclistica Italiana 2021 – 1st Edition – 3rd stage 3rd stage Oristano – Cagliari 180,9 km – 16/07/2021 – Pascal Ackermann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Rudy Barbier (FRA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Elia Viviani (ITA – Cofidis) – photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Over the team radio, Israeli sports director Dror Pekatch encouraged his pupils to give it a go in the final 20 kilometers. They did, and their efforts resulted in echelons.

Barbier was in the front, and so were ISN’s GC riders. The French sprinter found himself in a good position to launch his final effort, finishing third.

After the finish, he said that the team raced very attentively and took the initiative when it mattered. “We were together in the front, and that resulted in a good day for us. I am happy that I podiumed, and that Sep moved up a spot.”

The previous number two in the general classification missed the cut and is out of contention, moving Vanmarcke up a notch.

ISN is now also the leader in the team classification.

Settimana Ciclistica Italiana 2021 – 1st Edition – 3rd stage 3rd stage Oristano – Cagliari 180,9 km – 16/07/2021 – Jonathan Milan (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – Pascal Ackermann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Rudy Barbier (FRA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Elia Viviani (ITA – Cofidis) – photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

ISN’s GC ambitions for Settimana are more alive than ever. Tomorrow is an important day to work on those ambitions with Ben Hermans and Sep Vanmarcke. As Vanmarcke moved up a spot, he’s only six seconds away from taking the overall victory.

It wasn’t particularly Sebastian Berwick’s day. He suffered a crash, a change of wheels and a bike change, but came back to the bunch and carried out his job sufficiently afterwards.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com