Tour de Romandie

Stage 3) Romont - Romont

CH Switzerland, Friday 03 May 2019
160 km

Crash takes Knox out of Tour de Romandie top 10

Crash takes Knox out of Tour de Romandie top 10

Twenty-four hours after being given the slip by the breakaway, the peloton showed that they learned from that mistake and consequently made sure of keeping the stage 3 escapees on a tight two-minute leash, before reeling them in on the final ranked climb of the day. Surprisingly, no attacks came there, but an injection of pace saw the peloton get reduced to around 40 riders, who arrived together in the last kilometer, an uphill one averaging 5.8%.

Numerous riders began jostling for position and inevitably a crash occurred on the penultimate bend, among those to hit the deck being also James Knox, who was well-placed at the front. Fortunately, the young Brit wasn’t injured and tried to immediately remount, but conceded more than half a minute to the main group by the time he arrived at the finish, dropping from the top ten overall. Ahead of the last two stages, Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s rider sits in 19th place, but despite this setback, he remains upbeat.

“With 700 meters to go we had a tight left-hand corner and this led to a big squeeze on the inside. Brambilla and Colbrelli came together ahead of me. There was nowhere to go and I took a little tumble; I escaped unscathed, but had to get my chain back and lost significant time there”, James explained after the finish in Romont, where the peloton returned after eight years.

“I have been feeling good and was hoping to defend my GC position ahead of the two important days coming up, so I am disappointed to lose out, but there’s still an opportunity to do something in the race and I look to stage 4 with confidence”, concluded the 23-year-old, who will be hoping his luck will change on Saturday’s Romandie summit finish atop Torgon.

 

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Race details

1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3:50:53
2 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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4 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
0:03
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Davide Villella
Astana Pro Team
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9 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
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10 Damien Howson
Mitchelton-Scott
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38 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:33
49 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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67 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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113 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:38
114 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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118 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
12:23:02
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
3 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:08
4 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:19
5 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:20
6 Carlos Betancur Gómez
Movistar Team
0:21
7 Damien Howson
Mitchelton-Scott
0:25
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:27
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
0:28
10 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:29
19 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:55
88 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:38
89 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:40
115 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:29
116 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:30
120 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41:36
124 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:37
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
95 pt
2 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
88 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
80 pt
4 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
67 pt
5 Michael Woods
EF Education First
36 pt
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
7 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain Merida
30 pt
8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
28 pt
9 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
25 pt
10 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
21 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
44 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
12:23:08
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1:23
4 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
3:02
5 Léo Vincent
Groupama - FDJ
7:12
6 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
8:06
7 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
8:07
8 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
10:42
9 Patrick Müller
Swiss Cycling Team
13:19
10 Filippo Ganna
Team INEOS
15:53
14 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:34
1 Simon Pellaud
Swiss Cycling Team
46 pt
2 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
22 pt
3 Patrick Schelling
Swiss Cycling Team
16 pt
4 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
11 pt
5 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
10 pt
6 Roland Thalmann
Swiss Cycling Team
10 pt
7 Jorge Arcas Peña
Movistar Team
8 pt
8 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
8 pt
9 Gediminas Bagdonas
AG2R La Mondiale
7 pt
10 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
6 pt
17 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Movistar Team 37:10:26
2 EF Education First 2:00
3 Astana Pro Team 2:34
4 CCC Team 3:40
5 Groupama - FDJ 3:59
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 6:06
7 AG2R La Mondiale 6:48
8 Trek - Segafredo 7:23
9 UAE-Team Emirates 9:21
10 Swiss Cycling Team 11:18

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