Australian Lucas Hamilton finished in the select group of general classification hopefuls on a wet and dramatic stage three of the Tour de Romandie.
The peloton were made to work hard as they chased down the remains of a strong seven rider breakaway, with the last man caught on the final climb of the day. Marc Soler then launched a move over the top of the ascent as news filtered through of a crash for race leader Rohan Dennis.
Hamilton made it over the climb and down the treacherous descent alongside the GC contenders, but there was no catching Soler as he soloed to victory and moved into the race lead. A shake up in the overall see’s Hamilton move into the top-20, 35 seconds down on the new race leader with two stages to go.
“It was a super wet day, I don’t think anyone really enjoyed today. It was pretty tough on the final lap, but we did a good job to make sure we were in position heading into the last climb.
Unfortunately, it was little too hard for Dion [Smith] with the GC guys attacking on the climb, but after a day like that it all depends on how you’ve dealt with the weather, but we can come out of the day with positivity. With Soler up the road there was no point risking anything, I’m not going to win from a bunch like that, there were still a lot of fast guys there.
Tomorrow is the climber’s day and we’ll see how the legs are after today. Hopefully the weather holds out and it’s not too cold, hopefully the stage goes ahead as planed and we can climb as fast as we can.”
Julian Dean (Sports Director):
“Days like today you only get one every couple of years, it was a really tough day, it never went above 10 degrees. But we really just focused on keeping Lucas in position all day on that final circuit and keeping him with the GC favourites, and he was able to do that.
He’s moved up a few spots now and we’re looking forward to tomorrow. For us, the longer the last climb is [on stage four] the better, Lucas is motivated and he’s going really well and hopefully we can finish up the top tomorrow.”
2021 Tour de Romandie Stage 3 – Results:
1. Marc Soler 3:58:35
2. Magnus Cort +0:22
3. Peter Sagan ST
18. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) ST
2021 Tour de Romandie – GC:
1. Marc Soler 12:13:40
2. Geraint Thomas +0:14
3. Richie Porte ST
19. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +0:35
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