Australian Lucas Hamilton secured his third WorldTour top-10 of the season with eighth place overall as the Tour de Romandie concluded with a time trial around Fribourg.
Alex Edmondson was the first Team BikeExchange rider down the start ramp and the 27-year-old set a solid time to put him fastest of the earlier runners. Teammates Brent Bookwalter, Tsgabu Grmay, Dion Smith and Damien Howson all made it safely around the tricky and wet 16.19km course.
Hamilton set a strong opening pace as he passed through the first intermediate split 33 seconds down on Remi Cavangna’s fastest time and the 25-year-old continued to battle to the line, stopping the clock in a time of 22’55”, an identical time to teammate Edmondson.
It was then a case of waiting for the final riders to finish to see how the general classification would shake out, with Geraint Thomas doing enough to take the overall title, while Hamilton held onto eighth overall.
“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at, I came into this race a little bit concerned after not going so well at Liege and it took a while before we hit the mountains and we hit the mountains yesterday and to end up in the top-10, I’m pretty happy.
That’s three WorldTour week-long races in the top-10 in-a-row now, so it shows that I’m able to progress as a GC rider.
All three of the week-long races I’ve done have been very different in their own right and Romandie involved a little bit more time trialling than climbing, Paris-Nice obviously has its own difficulties and Catalunya was very climbing based.
So to finish top-10 in all of them show consistency and I’m on the path that I want to be on to pull off a big result. Top-10 is not a win, so I’d like to bag something soon, but it’s a good progression.”
Julian Dean (Sports Director):
“We were a little bit nervous coming into the TT today, we’ve had some difficulties in the time trials this season, but we’re heading in the right direction now, so that’s a real positive for us.
It’s Lucas’ third top-10 overall of the spring and consistency is key. We’re into the summer racing now, so the conditions change a lot more going forward and Lucas will be onto the Tour de Suisse next.”
2021 Tour de Romandie Stage – Results:
1. Remi Cavagna 21:54
2. Stefan Bissegger +0:06
3. Geraint Thomas +0:17
22. Alex Edmondson (Team BikeExchange) +1:01
23. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) ST
2021 Tour de Romandie – Final GC:
1. Geraint Thomas 17:59:57
2. Richie Porte +0:28
3. Fausto Masnada +0:38
8. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +1:22
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