Battling Bernal sprints to third

28 Apr 2018

Battling Bernal sprints to third

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Egan Bernal battled to third on stage four of Tour de Romandie as Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) triumphed on a challenging Queen stage.

Bernal and race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) traded attacks on the final categorised climb as the Team Sky rider aimed to close in on Roglic’s six second advantage at the top of the overall standings.

The Colombian had been given the perfect springboard to launch an attack by his teammates who had set an uncomfortable tempo for the dwindling peloton with David Lopez, Geraint Thomas and Jonathan Castroviejo all driving a fierce pace and shutting down attacks from the main group. 

And when the moment came, 33 kilometres from the finish in Sion, only Roglic could cope with Bernal’s burst of pace and the pair quickly powered past the remnants of the early break, until they engaged in a game of cat and mouse that allowed fellow GC contenders Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) to join them.

This larger group did not last long however, as Bernal attacked again and once again was matched by Roglic as the Team Sky man earned maximum Mountain classification points as the duo crested the Les Collons. 

The descent allowed the others, as well as Fuglsang, to bridge the gap once again before the Astana rider, who was no significant threat to the race leader, managed to break free with 15km to go and stay away for the solo victory.  

This just left the pursuing quartet to contest the sprint for second, which saw Roglic edge Bernal on the line and extend his lead overall. 
Egan Bernal was agonisingly close to finishing second

Egan Bernal was agonisingly close to finishing second

Stage four result:

1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 4:18:48
2. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +48"
3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.
4. Rui Costa (UAE-Emirates) +1:06"
5. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) +2"

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 12:59:09
2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +8"
3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) +35"
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) + 1:16"
5. Rui Costa (UAE-Emirates) +1:23"

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