Misfortune ended JLT Condor’s GC hopes following crashes on the queen stage of the Tour de Taiwan. Russell Downing was the best placed rider finishing 11th, 47 seconds behind the stage winner, Edwin Avila
Race team manager, Tim Kennaugh:
“Frustrating day for the team. Ed Bradbury slips from the GC after being taken down when another rider hit road furniture. It was a bad day at the office.”
Edmund Bradbury had previously finished second, behind teammate James Gullen on day two, showed good form in the mountains on day three. He had moved into 4th overall, just 9 seconds in arrears to the race leader.
“I don’t even know what to say. Made the split-perfect position for a high stage finish. Moments later, taken out. Pretty cut up. More ways than one.”
The serious crash within 10km of the finish meant that Bradbury finished the day 13 minutes after the main peloton. Sprinter, Brenton Jones was also hit by misfortune when a mechanical forced him to stop and change bikes as a flurry of attacks began on the final climb.
How the stage unfolded
Early on in the day Ian Bibby was part of a three rider breakaway. The trio had amassed a four minute lead and spent most of the 166km out front. As the trio approached the lower slopes of the final climb, two riders were distanced leaving Bibby riding alone. The peloton pace increased to catch Bibby and counter attacks began.
A new group of four riders formed as the race crossed the peak of the climb and headed downhill and around Sun Moon Lake to the finish. A crash on the descent involving a rider from Italian squad, Nippo–Vini Fantini took down Edmund Bradbury.
The incident caused a split in the lead group and nine riders rode clear with a twenty rider group featuring Russell Downing and James Gullen crossing the line 47 seconds after. The yellow jersey changes hangs once again and Spanish rider, Ben Prades is the new leader of the race with 11 seconds over Belgian Kevin De-Jonghe.
Principle manager, John Herety:
“Edmund may not start the race tomorrow following his crash. It is disappointing but we’ve achieved a lot at this race. A stage win as well as being in the top three each day until now. It is clear the squad in Taiwan are working well together. Tomorrow is a new day.”