Swiss rider Michael Albasini has continued his excellent record of stage wins at the Tour de Romandie for ORICA-GreenEDGE by taking a stunning victory on stage five today after spending most of the day leading a ten-man breakaway.
Having won five stages in his home race over the past two years, today's final stage win made it three consecutive years of success and also saw Albasini walk home with the green jersey for the points classification.
Despite the difficult conditions throughout the week-long race the team achieved their objective of winning a stage and giving oppurtunities to young riders such as Damien Howson and Jack Haig.
Howson was the team’s best placed rider in the overall general classification in 16th position behind race winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar), rounding off an excellent week for the 23-year-old Australian who also spent a day in the best young rider's jersey.
Sport director Neil Stephens was proud of the team’s performance over the course of the race.
“It was a fantastic day for us today, Michael (Albasini) really produced the goods," said Stephens. "He was out front all day long and we were actually preparing to put Daryl (Impey) into position for the sprint when Michael attacked again and held on for the win.”
|1||Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (COL) - Movistar Team||16:20:20|
|2||Thibaut Pinot (FRA) - FDJ||0:00:19|
|3||Jon Izagirre Insausti (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:23|
|4||Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:00:26|
|5||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:00:57|
|6||Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (POR) - Lampre - Merida||0:01:12|
|7||Simon Špilak (SLO) - Team Katusha||0:01:16|
|8||Mathias Frank (SWI) - IAM Cycling||0:01:16|
|9||Bauke Mollema (NED) - Trek-Segafredo||0:01:24|
|10||Tejay van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:01:27|
|16||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:21|
|39||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:21|
|60||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:35:36|
|61||Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:36:22|
|74||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:43:40|
|115||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||1:01:28|