Another fourth place for Edmondson after a brave hit out on stage three Tour de Romandie

Fri 28 Apr 2017

ORICA-SCOTT rider Alex Edmondson claimed a consecutive fourth place today on stage three Tour de Romandie after jumping early in the bunch sprint finish.

The 23-year-old made a gutsy move, launching out from the wheels with around 350metres to go, leading strongly towards then line. In the end it proved to be too much and in the final metres he was passed with Elia Viviani (Team Sky) claiming the stage victory.

The result today makes it Edmondson’s third top five finish in four days with sport director Neil Stephens happy with the overall performance on the lengthy stage.

“Edmondson had a fantastic sprint today, it’s probably only the third time he has been able to go for a sprint himself and he has actually placed fourth each time,” said Stephens. “He was there and well placed coming into the final kilometre, he got a bit swapped so when he saw a gap he launched.”

“He maybe didn’t have the confidence to wait so once he saw a space, he jumped and quickly gapped them and they only got back to him in the final metres.

“We will look back now and re-watch the sprint and see where he could have done better and learn from that experience of going for a sprint again.”

Earlier on in the stage ORICA-SCOTT tired to get away with stage one winner Michael Albasini, however, with climbs still a fair way from the finish line the team had to re-asses and switch the plan for the finish.

“Albasini picked up the pace over the couple of climbs today but they were quite far from the finish,” Stephens continued. “His is still quite high up on the general classification so we knew it would be hard for him to get away and rider’s may chase him down and rightly so.”

“Once he had done that he communicated to the team that he had spent a lot of energy in those few attacks, so we quickly switched the plan over to Edmondson for the sprint.

“He actually had limited help in the finish, as the other riders like Sam Bewley were looking after the GC guys and so it is fantastic to see Edmondson up there once again in a sprint.”

How it happened:

Despite waking up to snow, today’s stage three went ahead as planned with clear dry roads further down the road at the start line in Payerne.

The longest stage of the tour began with a seven-man breakaway forming within the first 15kilometres, however, after yesterday’s breakaway succeeded to the line, the peloton weren’t taking any chances and didn’t allow the group to take more than a three minute advantage.

As the race made its way over the four category three climbs, the leaders remaining hovering out front between two and three minutes and with 50kilometres remaining the gap rapidly had reduced down to one minute and the breakaway lost one rider. 

A flurry of attacks came straigth away after the leaders were finally swallowed up and one solo rider, Alex Dowsett (Movistar), dangled ahead of the bunch eventually being caught with just three kilometres remaining.

Edmondson showed his will to win, taking on the sprint and finishing the day with his second fourth place of the tour.

Tour de Romandie stage 3 results:

1. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 4:27:42
2. Sonny Cobrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ST
3. Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hanserohe) ST
4. Alex Edmondson (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 3:

1. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) 12:40:24
2. Max Schachmann (Quickstep-Floors) 0:08
3. Jesus Herrada (Movistar) 0:08
9. Michael Albasini (ORICA-SCOTT) 0:14

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