Elia Viviani wins Tour de Romandie stage three

Elia Viviani

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.

Tour de Romandie 2017 – stage 3 results (Payerne – Payerne):

1Elia Viviani (Team Sky)


2Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)


3Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott)


5Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R)


6Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data)


7Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors)


8Moreno Hofland (Lotto Soudal)


9Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)


10Juan Jose Lobato (LottoNl-Jumbo)



General classification after stage 3:

1Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


2Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)


3Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


4Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)


5Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida)


6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


7José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin)


8Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)


9Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott)


10Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar)



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