Brenton Jones sprints to third on day three of the Tour de Taiwan.
As the race split apart on the final climb, the Australian sprinter showed excellent form to ensure he featured in a twenty man group at the head of the race. Edmund Bradbury finished with the leaders and moves into 4th overall.
“We had two goals, keep GC boys up there & try for stage win. We came close! I’m happy with 3rd place in this one, the climb was tough but my legs were going well.”
How the race unfolded
A six rider group rode away early on in the stage and established a lead of two minutes over the peloton. Their lead was cut as the race approached the penultimate climb. Columbian, Edwin Avila, wearing the green jersey attacked alone in a bid to distance himself from James Gullen and regain the yellow jersey.
A group of determined riders pushed the pace to reel in the lone leader, putting the peloton under strain and eventually causing a split. A lead group of twenty riders rode hard to the summit finish and with just over 2km to go caught and passed Edwin Avila.
Into the twisty finish, the leaders had gained a twenty-five second advantage over the rest of the peloton including the yellow jersey of James Gullen. American, Danny Summerhill (United Healthcare), sprinted for the stage win with Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports) second and Brenton Jones third.
Edmund Bradbury finished within the twenty rider group and moves up the general classification to 4th, 9 seconds in arrears to new race leader, Danny Summerhill.
Race team manager, Tim Kennaugh:
“The stage was tough today and it was a hot even in the mountains. Brenton did really well on the climb and he had Edmund and Russ [Downing] for company. Russ punctured as the lead group began to establish themselves.
Tomorrow’s stage will be equally as tough. I don’t think it is for the pure climbers and we could see a twenty rider group sprint for the line. “
Racing continues tomorrow with a 166km mountainous stage into Nantou County with a high finish at Sun Moon Lake.
Stage start 8am (local time) / 1am GMT. The race is shown live on the Tour de Taiwan YouTube channel and on Eurosport Asia
Stage three result
1. Danny Summerhill, United Healthcare Pro Cycling
2. Anthony Giacoppo, IsoWhey Sports Pro Cycling
3. Brenton Jones, JLT Condor
4. Benjamin Prades, Team UKYO
General Classification after three stages
1. Danny Summerhill, United Healthcare Pro Cycling – total race time 7 hours 6mins
2. Anthony Giacoppo, IsoWhey Sports Pro Cycling – at 4 seconds
3. Marco Zanotti, Park Hotel Valkenburg – at 6 seconds
4. Edmund Bradbury, JLT Condor – at 9 seconds
5. Benjamin Prades, Team UKYO – at 10 seconds