Edmondson third as weather interrupts stage 3 of CRO Race

Thu 3 Oct 2019

Former Australian champion Alex Edmondson has sprinted to another podium at CRO Race, finishing in third place in a reduced bunch kick on stage three.

Weather played havoc with the stage as wind conditions forced organisers to stop racing and restart with a little over 40km to go.

The original breakaway of six were given their advantage of around two-minutes with Mitchelton-SCOTT immediately sending riders, including Sam Bewley, Callum Scotson and James Fouche, to the front of the bunch to peg back the deficit.

On approach to the final climb and with 20km to go the gap was under one minute.

Mitchelton-SCOTT pushed the pace on the climb courtesy of Adam Yates before Edmondson attacked solo. The Australian was joined by four others, including Yates, before they joined the remaining pair on the upper slopes of the climb. 

The descent to the line allowed the front groups to regroup, a reduced bunch sprint eventuating with Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana Pro Race) claiming the stage. After his fifth place on day one and second yesterday, Edmondson now sits secod overall, six-seconds behind new leader Gidich.

Alex Edmondson – 3rd place:
“Yeah today was an interesting day with the start in the rain then not knowing what was going on.

“All the boys were motivated to try and get a good result as soon as we knew it was back on.

“Going up the climb it wasn’t really my plan but we wanted to try something with Adam. The pace came off and I felt good so thought may as well have a crack and see if a small group would come across, which happened with Adam coming across but we got brought back with 4kms to go. 

“Coming into the final it was another technical finish and I tried to follow the teams with lead out trains. It’s frustrating again to be close to the win but I’m happy with how my form is and being up there in the stages with still some more opportunities to come.” 

CRO Race – Stage 3 Results:
1. Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana Pro Team) 1:03:21
2. Grega Bole (Team Bahrain Merida) ST
3. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST 

CRO Race – General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana Pro Team) 10:24:16
2. Alexander Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:06
3. Grega Bole (Team Bahrain Merida) +0:10