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Tour de Suisse Stage 3

Team Columbia-Highroad continued their latest winning streak at the Tour de Suisse Monday thanks to another perfect lead out from the team and a powerful sprint by Mark Cavendish. The stage from Davos to Lumino included the category-one Lukemanierpass where four riders got away,  but everything came back together and Team Columbia-Highroad again showed why they are considered the best lead out team in the world.

Teammates Marcus Burghardt, Bernhard Eisel, Tony Martin and George Hincapie strung out the peloton with Cavendish perfectly positioned on his wheel and ready for the final sprint.  Hincapie, who guided Cavendish in the final kilometre of his victory at Milan-San Remo, did the same again in Switzerland.  Norway’s Thor Hushovd tried to anticipate Cavendish, but the 24-year-old sprinter was on his wheel in a split second and then had the power and strength to surge past him before the line.  Three-time world champion Oscar Freire tried to take on Cavendish but finished second, two bike lengths behind. It was Cavendish’s 11th individual victory of the 2009 season.

"It was another perfect win for us and having four riders there to help me in the last three kilometres showed how good and strong we are as a team,? Cavendish said after hugging and sharing his success with his team mates.  ?It was a great lead out and all the guys worked perfectly. Thor Hushovd tried to get a jump on me but I was able to get him before the line."

On Sunday Bernhard Eisel won stage two at the Tour de Suisse and Judith Arndt won both the final stage and the overall classification at the Bira race in Spain. The Tour de Suisse is Cavendish’s first race since the Giro d’Italia and he kept the team’s winning streak going.
"This is the first time I’ve ridden the Tour of Switzerland,  but this is our second consecutive win, so it’s proving to be a great race for us."

Hushovd Third place in Stage 3

Thor Hushovd finished third in Stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) won the sprint finish in Lumino after a 198 km race from Davos that was marked by a 4-man breakaway that was reeled in only 4km from the finish. Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) retained the yellow jersey, finishing 10th in the stage.

"Today we started in Davos," said Sports Director Marcello Albasini. "The peloton decided to start slowly, but 5km in on the first climb the attacks began, and we had a breakaway after the first downhill. Four riders got away, and they remained away for quite a long time. It was not until after the Lukmanier pass, when the breakaway had over 3 minutes on the peloton, that the work to pull them back began. We worked, all the teams together, to bring them back. We set up a leadout for Thor, and although Thor ended up third in the sprint, I think all the guys did a really good job. Third is OK, I think, and I know that Thor will be even better when it is time for the Tour de France."

P?rez Tries it on in Switzerland

The Colombian rider of the team Caisse d’Epargne, Marl?n P?rez was very close to win the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland raced today between  Davos and Lumino in the region of Ticino, but the bunch caught him at only three kilometers from the finishing line.

"I attacked in the Lukamnierpass, a first category climb, together with Gasparotto, Dumoulin and Frischkorn. We collaborated very well and the gap with the bunch reached more than six minutes at 65 kilometers from the line", declared Marlon P?rez. "I thought maybe that break could last till the end of the stage because a rider like the Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin uses to go with that kind of breakaways and many times those are not caught by the pack. Unfortunately the teams of the sprinters began to chase very hard and we began to lose more and more time. At  5 km from the finish the gap was only 25 seconds and I decided to attack alone. I gave it all but it was not sufficient and they caught me at only 3 kilometers from the line. Anyway I had to try it. I hope there will be some other opportunities to win a stage here in Switzerland"

Lampre NGC on Stage 3

Lampre-NGC RIDERS Gasparotto and Gavazzi attacked in the 3rd stage of Tour de Suisse, Davos-Lumino of 198 km.

Gasparotto was the first to try after few kilometers he started an attack with Frischkorn, Dumoulin and Marlon Peres, obtaining an advantage on 5′ on the bunch and reaching the top of Leukmainierpass (70,6 km to go) with more than 3′ on the group.

But in the final kilometers the sprinters teams organized the chase and neutralized the attack at 5 km to go. Then it was Gavazzi’s turn to be protagonist of a very good sprint that gave him the 4th place behind the winner Cavendish, Freire and Hushovd.

Gasparotto was the virtual leader of the race and obtained the leadership of the intermediate sprints classification, while Gavazzi repeated his good result from Sunday.

"When the attackers were defending their advantage in the final kilometers, I thought they could reach the arrival – sport director Copeland said – But the pack didn’t give up and so the sprint became the only solution. Compliments to Gasparotto and Gavazzi".

Kloden Third in GC after Stage 3

It’s hard to stop Team Columbia?s Mark Cavendish, he wasn’t able to be stopped in his stage three win in the 73rd Tour de Suisse. In a mass gallop to the line on a course with many twists and turns, Cavendish received a perfect lead-out from teammate George Hincapie  and beat three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) by a bike length.

The general classification did not change with Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) still in yellow, Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) in 2nd and Team Astana?s Andreas Kl?den in third.

Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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