Tour de Romandie
Stage 3: Le Bouveret-Aigle - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Albasini ceded the yellow race leader’s jersey to Simon Spilak (Katusha) on the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie. The Swiss rider moved into the yellow jersey on Thursday following back-to-back stage wins but admitted he saw little chance of wearing the jersey beyond stage three due to the mountainous nature of the day’s course. Following the second of four category one ascents, Albasini lost contact with the peloton.

Nino Schurter was the top finisher for the Australian outfit in Aigle. The Mountain Bike World Champion survived the first two climbs in the reduced bunch before a mechanical on the third climb forced him roadside to stop for assistance. By the time Schurter back on his bike, the race had ridden away from  him.

“Nino really surprised me. I said to him before the start that I wasn’t sure how to categorise him today in terms of the work that needed to be down. We’re still learning about his capacities and he’s learning about himself on the road as well. I didn’t expect him to last as long as he did. When it came down to a select group of 30 riders, Nino was the only rider from the team who was still there. That’s when I realised – we have a very talented athlete in this group.” - Sport Director Neil Stephens

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Simon Spilak (Slo) - Team Katusha 5:09:23
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) - Team Sky ST
3 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) - Lampre-Merida 0:00:57
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) - Astana Pro Team ST
5 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
6 Mathias Frank (Swi) - IAM Cycling ST
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) - Astana Pro Team ST
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) - Movistar Team 0:01:41
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) - FDJ.fr ST
10 Andrew Talansky (USA) - Garmin Sharp ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
43 Nino Schurter (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:29
51 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:16:21
91 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:40:03
92 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
94 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:42:16
112 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
113 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST