Fourth place for Albasini in the one-day Swiss race GP GippingenThu 8 Jun 2017
Local Swiss rider Michael Albasini sprinted to fourth place today for ORICA-SCOTT in the one-day race GP Gippingen.
After a strong lead-out from the team, Albasini lead the way up the final drag to the line. In the end it proved to be a little too far for the Tour of Romandie stage winner as he was passed in the final few metres and had to settle for fourth place.
The day was animated by a four-rider breakaway and eventually concluded with Sacha Modolo (UAE) taking the uphill sprint victory.
"We tried to make it hard, especially in the hillier part of the race,” said sport director Neil Stephens. “On the second to last time up the main climb we managed to reduce the field down a little and then coming into the last lap the boys kept the race altogether for a sprint."
"Alex Edmondson and Luka Mezgec were the final two lead-out riders for Albasini and along with everybody in the team, they did a really great job throughout the day.
"Albasini went for it up the final drag, maybe it was a little too early or maybe the other riders were just faster as he was in front until the final metres until three guys finally came past him.
“Overall the boys did a great job, we couldn’t have really done things much differently to pull off the win today."
How it happened:
The 188.8kilometre one-dayer covered 10laps of a lumpy 18.8kilometre circuit. Within the first few opening laps four riders jumped away from the peloton and quickly rode out to a four-minute advantage which remained that way for the majority of the race.
Team’s worked together at the head of the peloton to control the distance to the quadruplet before beginning to slowly draw them back in as the laps counted down. The catch was finally made with just two laps remaining.
ORICA-SCOTT lifted the tempo over the most significant climb on the lap in an attempt to wear down the peloton, after which Rob Power gained a small gap with Mekseb Debesay (Dimension-Data). Their lead didn't last long and was soon neutralised by the main bunch.
As the race entered the final 10kilometres the scene was set for a bunch sprint with ORICA-SCOTT together in formation to set up local rider Albasini for the sprint.
The 36-year-old launched out of the wheels and led the race up the drag towards the line but was finally past by three others in the final 30metres but still managed to hold on fora respectable fourth place.
GP Gippingen results:
1. Sacha Modolo (UAE) 4:26:22
2. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Niccolò Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) ST
4. Michael Albasini (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
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