Edmondson sprints to fourth place on a challenging stage two of the Tour de Romandie

Thu 27 Apr 2017

23-year-old Alex Edmondson sprinted to fourth place on today’s second stage at the Tour de Romandie, as two breakaway riders survived to the finish line to claim the top two spots on the tough, cold stage.

Harsh weather conditions led the race organisers to shorter the stage down to 136kilometres with a breakaway of four riders animating the third day of the tour.

In the end, two escapees, Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) and Andrey Grivko (Astana) succesfully stayed away until finish line in Bulle with ORICA-SCOTT left battling for the minor placings.

Sport director Neil Stephens was happy with the decision to shorten the distance and satisfied with the team result after such a testing day weather-wise.

“Right from the start the race organised made a good decision to take a way the first descent,” Stephens explained. “We knew it was always going to be a cold day and the riders dressed as best they could but it was still a challenging day.”

“The breakaway riders were working really well together and a few teams began chasing and we contributed late on, but the final two out front were basically too strong in the end.

“The plan at first was to have Albasini go for the stage but also we had Edmondson as another option. He had to go a little bit too early and Sonny Cobrelli (Bahrain-Merida) is a great sprinter so we have to be satisfied with fourth.

“It was good for Alex to try the sprint, it is always a good training exercise and basically we were just really glad to all make it through the day.”

How it happened:

Due to snow at the start in Champéry, the second stage was shortened to 136kilometres as the race organised made the decision to avoid a lengthy descent at the start of the race and instead the stage started at kilometre 22 in Aigle.

Immediately after the flag dropped, four riders were eager to animate the race and quickly established a lead of over three minutes within the first 25kilometres of the day.

Stefan Kung (BMC), Sander Armee (Lotto-Soudal), Andrei Grivko (Astana) and Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Gobert) increased their lead out to five and a half minutes over the first categorised climb of the day.

The weather conditions deteriorated with 50kilometres to go and the riders faced low temperatures with sleet and snowy surroundings. The wintery weather meant for a fairly steady pace in the peloton and as the breakaway entered the finishing circuits they maintained a handy two minute advantage.

Rob Power headed to the front of the bunch for ORICA-SCOTT to contribute to the chase, however, it wasn’t enough to bring back the leaders who crossed the line 20seconds ahead of the chasing peloton.

Tour de Romandie stage 2 results:

1. Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) 3:33:15
2. Andrey Grivko (Astana) ST
3. Sonny Cobrelli (Bahrain-Merida) +0:20
4. Alex Edmondson (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:20

General classification after stage 2:

1. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) 8:12:42
2. Max Schachmann (Quickstep-Floors) 0:08
3. Jesus Herrada (Movistar) 0:08
9. Michael Albasini (ORICA-SCOTT) 0:14

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