Tour de Suisse #: Merhawi Kudus sticks it out with the sprinters

Sonny Collbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse in a blanket sprint finish from Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) hung onto the overall race leaders yellow jersey.

It was a wet day of racing over at the Tour de Suisse as the peloton took on an undulating 182km stage. 3 riders animated the early part of the stage, forging clear of the break and riding to a 5-minute lead. BMC Racing and Bora-Hansgrohe did the majority of the pace setting from the peloton.

Despite the rain, racing really heated over the final 30km circuit lap and our African Team was riding well to keep Merhawi Kudus well positioned near the front of the pack. Nic Dougall and Igor Anton were both doing strong turns at the front of the peloton, as the break was reeled back.

The final climb of the stage peaked with 5km to go and Sagan used this point to launch an attack which strung out the peloton. A split on the wet descent saw a group of around 60 riders move clear, we had Kudus positioned in this group while Tom-Jelte Slagter found himself a few seconds back in a smaller group.

Sunweb and Bahrain kept the pace high to line which ensured the stage would end in another small group sprint. Today it was Collbrelli who reigned supreme ahead of Gaviria and Sagan. Kudus finished safely in the group, keeping the hopes of a good GC result alive.

Merhawi Kudus – Rider
“The first half the race quite easy today. When we got to the last laps, the tempo increased. We were riding well as a team…I felt good, so wasn’t hard for me to follow the 1st group.”