Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won the third stage of the Tour de Romandie at the end of a 180-km ride around Payerne on Friday.
Viviani didn’t panic as Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott) jumped early, and had enough strength in reserve to overcome his rival, and hold off Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) at the line.
“I’m really happy and I need to thank the whole team. It’s exciting to have Froomey doing a lead-out with one kilometre to go. It’s not normal, but when you are in a team like ours it’s amazing when the whole team work for you and believe in you”, said Viviani.
“It’s been a long time since I last won, dating back to De Panne last season – over a year ago. That’s not easy for a sprinter! And this year after six second places, finally here in Romandie I got this big win.
“Today the whole team were incredible, from Pete and (Ian) Boswell working at the front early, Kiry, Lopez, Gianni and Owain Doull doing a perfect lead-out. Froomey didn’t want to lose any time on the stage but he said he was quite happy to do a lead-out for me.”
Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) finished safely in the peloton and kept the overall race lead before Saturday’s queen stage.
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) 28 aprilie 2017
Tour de Romandie 2017 – stage 3 results (Payerne – Payerne):
|1||Elia Viviani (Team Sky)|
|2||Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)|
|3||Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|4||Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott)|
|5||Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R)|
|6||Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data)|
|7||Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors)|
|8||Moreno Hofland (Lotto Soudal)|
|9||Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|10||Juan Jose Lobato (LottoNl-Jumbo)|
General classification after stage 3:
|1||Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)|
|2||Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)|
|3||Jesus Herrada (Movistar)|
|4||Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)|
|5||Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida)|
|6||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)|
|7||José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|8||Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)|
|9||Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott)|
|10||Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar)|