Chaves 8th after active final by ORICA-GreenEDGE on stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse

Mon 15 Jun 2015

After an active final, with multiple attacks by ORICA-GreenEDGE riders, Colombian Esteban Chaves has finished eighth in a select 30-rider group finish on stage three of the Tour de Suisse.

Two attacks by hometown rider Michael Albasini in the last ten kilometres and another by Chaves under the flamme rouge helped shape an aggressive finale, eventually controlled by Tinkoff-Saxo to deliver Peter Sagan to the stage victory.

“We knew it was going to be pretty hard for the final,” sport director Neil Stephens. “But with the break up the road we committed Svein Tuft to a large degree and Mathew Hayman to a lesser degree to the chase.”

“We thought it was going to be more of a bunch sprint with perhaps Albasini and Michael Matthews having a chance but as it unfolded Michael Albasini took the race by the reigns which was great to see.

“But not only that but when he got caught he went again to try and keep the pace up for Matthews.”

For Chaves, the priority was general classification.

“We said to Esteban that today was all about the general classification, not to get involved in the stage finish too much but it’s great that he could be there contributing in the final for Matthews also.”

An initial move of two riders formed early in racing, before Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) and Marco Marcato (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) were joined by Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sorandi Polkowice) who bridged across to join to form a group of three.

At its best, the advantage stretched to six-minutes but Tinkoff-Saxo was looking for a result and controlled the action from the head of the peloton.

As the race approached 25km to go, ORICA-GreenEGDE contributed Tuft and Hayman to the chase and by ten kilometres to go a handful of riders off the front of the peloton ended the day of the break.

The action continued to be hot at the head of the race as riders, including Albasini and Chaves, shared blows on the final category three climb before Sagan eventually launched a timely push for the line for victory.