Wesley Sulzberger Chases Slovenia Stage Three Result From Early BreakSat 15 Jun 2013
After narrowly missing out on the win on stage two, Wesley Sulzberger spent stage three of Tour de Slovénie in the early break. Sulzberger started the queen stage in eighth overall, 29” outside of the race lead. The highest placed rider in the early break, Sulzberger was seen as a threat to the overall contenders and brought back by the peloton ahead of the summit finish.
“He gave it a really good shot today,” said Sport Director Matt Wilson of Sulzberger’s ride in the break. “If he had arrived in the peloton at the bottom of the climb, he wouldn’t have been able to match them. Putting himself in the early move was his best chance to get a result.”
The stage was animated from the start. Initial attacks proved futile until a 12 rider escape group forced free from the bunch. Brett Lancaster launched Sulzberger into the move, which built up a maximum advantage of 3’30 during the first hour of racing.
“The group really committed themselves out there,” said Wilson. “Unfortunately, because Wes was so close on GC, several teams collaborated on the front to ride hard and bring it back together.”
The break splinted over the category one climb in Livske Ravne at the mid-point of the stage. Sulzberger was one of eight riders with a clear advantage on the peloton over the top of the climb. The group continued to fracture and reform in the lumpy kilometres that followed with Sulzberger leading until the final 20 kilometres.
“It was another good effort,” said Wilson. “He really gave everything again today.”
Tour de Slovénie comes to a close tomorrow with a stage earmarked for the sprinters.
“It’s a great stage for us on paper,” said Wilson. “It’s a hard start with a flat finish. The last couple of kilometres are technical. It’s a good chance for us to take the win.”
“We’re thinking we might give one of our lead out men a chance tomorrow,” he said. “Brett has pretty good form at the moment. We may make the sprint for him.”