Sonny Colbrelli wins sprinters battle at third stage of the Tour de Suisse
Jun 11 2018 11:43 pm CET

Sonny Colbrelli wins sprinters battle at third stage of the Tour de Suisse
Sonny Colbrelli wins sprinters battle at third stage of the Tour de Suisse
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Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) has taken the victory of the third stage at the Tour de Suisse. The rider was the strongest at the final sprint, beating Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria.

The profile of the third stage of the Swiss race was similar to a spring classic, with hilly stretches to test the riders. The breakaway of the day was formed in the first part of the 182.8-kilometre route and included two familiar faces from the escape of the day before: Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport) and Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini-Fantini).

The two riders were joined by Direct Energie's Fabien Grellier and they took a lead of more than four minutes on the peloton. Watson was the first to drop from the breakaway and he was soon caught by Christopher Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) who successfully bridged from the pack.

With 27 kilometres to go, Juul-Jensen got at the front while Watson was reeled back in by the pack. Rain kept pouring hard, making it a tricky end, and the peloton caught the escapees with nine kilometres from the final.

At seven kilometres from the end, Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked but was reeled back in half a kilometre later. With six kilometres remaining, Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) made a move but couldn't get away from the rest thanks to a quick reaction by Sunweb.

The change of pace stretched the peloton and left riders like Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) struggling behind. There were several attacks in the last two kilometres by riders like Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ) but they were not strong enough to take them to the end.

The sprinters launched their attacks early and even though Sagan seemed to be in a good position at the slipstream of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli had the better legs and crossed the finish line just ahead of the Colombian and the World Champion.

Stefan Küng (BMC) keeps the General Classification lead.



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