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by Shane Stokes
April 28, 2018
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Egan Bernal (Team Sky) bounced back from a bad crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya to win stage three of the Tour de Romandie on Friday. The Colombian was the strongest on the 9.9 kilometre uphill time trial from Ollon to Villars, beating race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) by four seconds and Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) by 18.
Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and past world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) were fourth and fifth. Bernal was delighted with his third win since joining Team Sky prior to the 2018 season. So too directeur sportif Dario Cioni.
“Egan is just showing how talented he is,” he said. “We thought that he could be one of the surprises of the day and happily we were proved right. We had targeted a pace for the ride, and we knew that inside the final three kilometres it was pretty tough. We knew we didn’t want to go too early and end up suffering there. But once Egan hit that point and felt good he was able to really open up. You could see that a lot of the guys who went hard at the first intermediate ended up fading.”
Porte was provisionally quickest at the early intermediate check, nine seconds faster than Bernal. That boded well, but the Colombian accelerated to finish 18 seconds clear. Meanwhile Roglic was a full 18 seconds behind Porte at the same check, but also went faster in the second half of the race.
As a result he ends the day six seconds ahead of Bernal and 27 up on Porte. “It’s a bit of a shame to have come so close to the lead today,” said Cioni. “But there’s plenty of work to be done and we believe we can win the race.”