In a hotly contested spurt, Sonny Colbrelli (TBM/ITA) secured victory in the 3rd stage in Gansingen.
It’s not every day that you manage to leave Fernando Gaviria (QST/KOL) and three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (BOH/SVK) behind you. The joy of the professional cyclist from Lake Garda was all the greater: “This is one of my best successes. I took a risk and it paid off. I had to ride my spurt from far behind. It was correspondingly difficult. I’m also happy for the team that did a great job.”
With his victory in Gansingen, Colbrelli has reached the 20th triumph of his professional career. The Swiss roads seem to appeal to him in so far as he won the Lugano road race in 2016. The 9th of this year’s Milan – San Remo had prepared this part of the season during two weeks on Gran Canaria. The Italian Road Championships and the Tour de France are the other destinations of Colbrelli.
During this stage of the 182.8 km long overpass the peloton remained quiet for a long time. The event concentrated on the last ascent to Hagenfirst. In the upper part Peter Sagan tried to bring about a selection with a tempo forcing. Some sprinters like Alexander Kristoff (UAD/NOR), André Greipel (LTS/GER) or John Degenkolb (TFS/GER) dropped back. But the hard core of the field stayed together despite the wet road.
“At those moments I almost had to slalom to keep contact with the top riders around the riders in trouble,” said Küng, whose engine is getting better and better, according to his words. The East Swiss especially thanked his team mates Michael Schär and Alessandro de Marchi, who had their noses in the wind all day to protect their overall first.
Küng confirmed that he is optimistic about the 4th section Gansingen – Gstaad on Tuesday. But: “Of course, I can’t guarantee that I will successfully defend the leader’s jersey. But of course I will give everything to make it come off well.”Detail