Four of the top 5 on GC go pedal to pedal at Tour de Romandie Queen stage, the Tour of Chongming Island wraps up with a sprint, and it’s a case of déjà vu at the Festival Elsy Jacobs.
Tour de Romandie Stage 4: Sion to Sion, 149.2km
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) soloed to victory on the Queen stage. Dropped on the final climb as the battle for the overall reached fever pitch, the Dane returned on the descent and as the GC contenders watched each other chose the perfect moment to attack and swoop to the line. Race leader Primoz Roglic snatched 2nd from Sky’s Egan Bernal to increase his grip on the yellow. Roglic now leads by +8secs with BMC’s Richie Porte third at +35secs.
Bernal said it would be difficult to take the seconds he needed to grab the race lead but boy, that didn’t stop him from trying. Every attack was matched my Roglic as they went head -to head on the slopes of the Collon. Just WOW!
“I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. He’s now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now I’m happy because although I didn’t win I attacked a lot of times. That’s good for cycling.”
Full race report at Cycling News
Tour of Chongming Island Stage 3: Chongming Xincheng Park, 126.5km
The Wiggle-High5 squad finally got their stage win with Dutch powerhouse Kirsten Wild. Jolien d’Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) took second with points winner Cylance’s Giorgia Bronzini in third. Charlotte Becker (Hitec Products) finished safely in the bunch to claim the yellow jersey by 5secs from Shannon Malseed (TIBCO-SVB) with best young rider Anastasia Iakovenko (BTC City Lublianja) third at +13secs. Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5) goes home with the queen of the mountain jersey in her suitcase.
One podium – all of the joyful jerseys…Embed from Getty Images
What an amazing feeling to celebrate GC victory with these girls 💛🤩🎉Being able to pull this out together in a world tour stage race shows that we are super strong and great together 👯♀️💃🏻 so nice to come back after being out of the game with a broken Os Sacrum and then straight into this🙌🏻😎 #teamworkmakesthedreamwork @teamhitecproducts Thanks @velofocus for this very nice photo🤩
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Festival Elsy Jacobs Stage 1: Steinfort to Steinfort, 97.7km
Just as she did in 2017, Christine Majerus took the stage victory and the race lead in Steinfort. The Boels-Dolmans rider timed her sprint on the rising finish, just pipping Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM) and Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljublianja) – second and third respectively. Majerus goes into the final stage holding 5secs on Ryan with Lisa Klein and Amy Pieters third and fourth at +8secs.
What a story…
Wiggle High5’s Eri Yonamine is riding for Maaslandster International at this race. The team woke to the news that their bikes had been stolen overnight. The cycling community rallied around, bikes were found and the Japanese champion made the podium at the end of the day as most aggressive rider.
Having bikes stolen is a serious blow for any team and in this case thieves targeted equipment owned by the riders themselves. If you’d like to help, all the details are below.
Full report at Cycling News
Header Image: Jakob Fuglsang © FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)