Winner of Turkey Tour a few days ago, Patrick Bevin confirmed his return to great form this Friday by winning the 3rd stage of the Tour of Romandie. Clever in the final package since he made his effort right out of the last corner, the New Zealander of the formation Israel-Premier Tech sprinted a group of fifty runners. He preceded Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers), already a double stage winner this week, and Rohan Dennis (Team Jumbo-Visma), the leader of the general classification, who thus took 4 seconds of bonuses, which allows him to increase his lead over his main rivals. Before the very difficult weekend awaiting the riders, the Australian is 14 seconds ahead of Bevin and 18 on Felix Grossschartner (BORA-hansgrohe).
Video – Tour de Romandie – Patrick Bevin wins the 3rd stage
The victory of Patrick Bevin ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡¿!
— the chain L’Équipe (@lachainelequipe) April 29, 2022
Nans Peters and Rémi Cavagna in today’s breakaway
After several attempts, it is finally a trio that manages to slip away from the peloton around the 20th kilometer. alongside the Latvian Krists Neilands (Israel-Premier Tech), two French riders are present in the breakaway of the day, namely Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) and Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën Team). These three solid adventurers work well together, while the Team Jumbo-Visma is the only team to ride in the peloton. Thus, 60 kilometers from the finish, the two Frenchmen and the Latvian have almost 4 minutes of margin on the pack.
Thirty kilometers further, and while the team INEOS Grenadiers supports the formation of the green jersey Rohan Dennis, their lead was halved. At the foot of the penultimate ascent of the day, Dompierre (4.4 km at 4.9%), whose summit is located 17 kilometers from the finish, the peloton is only 20 seconds from Neilands, Cavagna and Peters. In this bump, some fast men find themselves in trouble at the back, including Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Jon Aberasturi (Trek-Segafredo) and Ethan Vernon (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team).
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The strong show themselves but it does not break, Patrick Bevin winner in the sprint
The three breakaways are caught up in this bump, then the peloton – in which no attack occurred – heads towards Sédeilles, the last difficulty of the day. In this rise of 4.3km at 4.7%, Carlos Verona (Movistar Team) went on the attack and isolated themselves at the head of the race. But things are moving behind the Spaniard, who is caught a few cables from the top. Just before crossing this one, Marc Hirsch (UAE Team Emirates) went on the offensive, the Swiss being followed in particular by Rohan Dennis (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën Team).
All these beautiful people are however taken back, and it is a group of about fifty runners who approach the last 5 kilometers in the lead. A few moments later, Kidney Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) takes a few lengths to the peloton, which takes time to react and has to work hard to get back. It’s done 800 meters from the line, then at the exit of the last corner, located very close to the finish, Patrick Bevin (Israel-Premier Tech) launches its sprint and surprises Ethan Hayter to offer himself a great stage victory ahead of the Briton and Rohan Dennis.
— Israel – Premier Tech / Israel Cycling Academy (@IsraelPremTech) April 29, 2022