Team CSC's Lars Bak has lost the overall lead in this year's Tour de l'Avenir in France, mainly because of very hot meteorological conditions. Slovenian Borut Bozic was able to take the jersey from him in the 203 km long third stage from Sainte-Scolasse-sur-Sarthe to Sassay.
"It started out fine," said CSC's sports director Scott Sunderland after the stage on team-csc.com. "We had Lars Bak, Andy Schleck and Christian Müller in the front group of 21 riders, who escaped from the peloton after 75 kilometres. But then Andy started having problems with the heat and had to let himself fall back to the second group, where we had Matti Breschel and Kasper Klostergaard, and shortly after that, the 35° Celsius became too much for Christian as well, and he dropped all the way back to the peloton, where Brian Vandborg was sitting." Lars Bak was then the only CSC rider in the front group, and as four riders, among them the day's winner, Borut Bozic, jumped with about 15 kilometres to go, he could only watch them leave.
"Lars was incredibly strong, but without teammates it was impossible for him to control the front group. He is however only a few seconds behind in the overall standings, so he's still very much in the game," a still hopeful Sunderland concluded.