Fourth place for Albasini after Juul-Jensen goes on the attack on stage three Tour de Suisse

Mon 11 Jun 2018

Local Swiss rider Michael Albasini sprinted to fourth place today on the third, rainy stage of the Tour de Suisse as the general classification remained unchanged.

Like yesterday's stage, where Albasini bridged across to the early breakaway to take a chance on the stage, today it was Chris Juul-Jensen on the attack but the Dane was denied the chance, after the peloton made the catch inside the final 10kilometres.

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) come out on top in a close sprint with Stefan Kung (BMC) remaining the race leader and Mitchelton-SCOTT's Jack Haig in 12th overall.

Trio ahead
In a repeat of yesterday's stage, a trio of riders - Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo-Fantani), Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue) and Fabien Grellier (Direct-Energie)- formed the day's breakaway and rode out to over six minutes.

The rain began to pour down, making the lumpy stage even more challenging as the leaders continued to push and maintain an advantage.

Juul-Jensen bridges 

As the race entered the two finish laps of 29kilometres, Bora-Hansgrohe increased the tempo in the bunch and led the chase to decrease the time gap to inside two minutes.

With the leaders within striking distance Juul-Jensen took his chances, making an attack away from the peloton and towards the leaders with 37kilometres to go.

With 26km remaining Juul-Jensen made contact with the two remaining leaders, and with Watson caught by the peloton the new trio led the race by one-minute 20seconds.

A close sprint

With eight kilometres remaining Juul-Jensen and the breakaway's chances where over and they were caught by a lined-out bunch as they manouvered the final ascent. 

Albasini positioned himself well as they approached the line, launching out of the wheels and into fourth place with the top three riders crossing the line close together ahead.

With the GC unchanged, Haig remains in contention at 30seconds with mountainous stages to come.

Chris Juul-Jensen 
"Similar to yesterday, we had planned to try and animate the final of the stage, to try to shake things up a little but at the same time always keeping an eye on Albasini for the sprint and Jack in terms of not losing time for GC.

"I knew it would be difficult to stay away all the the to line nevertheless it was good to try and it certainly helped blow out some Giro cobwebs.

"Albasini and Jack also showed that they are where they needed to be so hopefully there will be more opportunities to try for a stage and a strong GC result."

Tour de Suisse stage 3 results:

1. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 4:39
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) ST
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
4. Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 3:

1. Stefan Kung (BMC) 8:50
2. Greg van Avermaert (BMC) +0:03
3. Richie Porte (BMC) +0:03
12. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:32

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