Chad Haga claims 5th on GC after attacking team display by Sunweb


The final day of racing at the Czech Tour saw the peloton faced with the toughest stage of the race, with roughly 3000 metres of climbing throughout the day. With numerous teams and riders sensing the chance for breakaway success, an infernal pace was set at the start of the stage with multiple attacks. The team were proactive, with riders constantly attacking before the elastic snapped and Max Kanter made it up the road in a group of four.

Kanter and his breakaway companions worked well together, increasing their lead to over two minutes but with the many climbs littered throughout the middle of the stage, their gap soon started to tumble. The depleted peloton soon made contact with Kanter’s breakaway, once again starting a flurry of attacks. This time it was Felix Gall who made the break that stuck, escaping with two other riders and quickly building an advantage of three minutes.

However, the peloton didn’t let their gap grow any further and slowly reeled them back in over the climbs and once the race was onto the finishing circuits it was all back together. More attacks flew from the bunch, with Chad Haga ever present at the front for the team, making the split in a reduced group. That group would go on to fight for the stage win at the finish, with Haga crossing the line in 12th place, securing a 5th place finish on GC.