On the eve of a crucial weekend in the mountains, New Zealander Patrick Bevin (Israel) won the sprint race at Valbroi during the third stage of the Tour de Romande. Rohan Dennis is always in green.
Road width reduced 2700 m. But one day before the Queen stage of Zinal, no one really wanted to take the risk. Only a long split from the trio of Remi Cavagna (FRA), Nans Peter (FRA) and Kris Neiland (LAT) moved the day.
Starting at the 18th kilometer, the trio made a maximum progression of 4’43”. Like every day, following a reaction from Jumbos to leader Dennis and Ineos, the advantage melted away and the three riders were caught 19km off the line after a 128km ride.
While there remained the rise of Dombier and Sedley, skirmishes were rare. Spaniard Carlos Verona, Bernese Mark Hershey and Estonian Ren Tarami tried their luck, but to no avail. Ineos removed exit coupons to promote a third success of the Ethan Hayter phenomenon.
This however found opposition with Bevin, who ranked seventh in the general classification. The antagonist’s antagonist didn’t miss his job this time, unlike Echallens the day before.
Patrick Bevin’s success brings a bit of a touch to the Israel – Premier Tech team, who have not won much since their World Tour debut with Chris Froome’s commitment, which has been a colossal failure. The New Zealander had just won the overall classification for the Turkey Tour. “But winning a world tour like today is much more valuable,” the winning runner noted.
The weekend will be the truth. On Saturday, the main stage between Eagle and Zinal includes the ascent of four Class I difficulties: Nax (1295m), Les Pontes (1052m), Saint-Luc (1564m) and Grimentes (1563m) before reaching Zinal (1666m). On Sunday, the race on the time trial ramps will take place between Eagle (World Cycling Center) and Villars. After 5.5 km of flat, the track will rise to the finish at 1263 or approximately 8% over 10 km.
This article was published automatically. Source: ats
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