A strong podium for Longo Borghini at Tour de Suisse

The Italian champion placed third in the final classification and second in the last stage after fighting hard together with her teammates

It was a day on the attack for Lidl-Trek in the fourth and final stage of the Tour de Suisse, and in the end, although victory slipped away in the final sprint, which saw Elisa Longo Borghini finish second behind Vollering (SD Worx), there was only applause for the riders.

By just two seconds, then, the Italian champion finished third in the general classification, behind Vollering and Bradbury (Canyon-SRAM).

The grit shown by the Team today deserved the top result, but it is difficult to regret anything. Longo Borghini was the leader in charge of fighting for the final result and the classification, supported brilliantly by Bäckstedt, Realini and Spratt at the key moments. Then Chapman, who today deserves a special mention, was a protagonist in the  breakaway that opened the race and then performed as a tireless domestique alongside Elisa to close the gap to the attackers.

The final kilometres, where Longo Borghini lead the race with Vollering, Bradbury and Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), can be summed up in her own words: “In the final, it was just a roulette”.

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Elisa’s full reaction

“We really wanted a hard race and it was a little bit of a game of poker when the breakaway went but we were confident in Brodie because she was actually virtually in the third spot so, we just let her go. When SD Worx started chasing, we decided to go full on the last climb, with a full lead out from Gaia for me. Up the road, I still had Brodie and she did an amazing job bridging back on the breakaway.

“In the final, it was just a roulette and it was hard to keep it together and in the sprint, Demi was the strongest but today, big credit to my team because we really raced super well. My teammates were really on top of stuff so thank you very much to them, it was a really good team display. I left my lungs on the road up there and maybe some farmer can pick them up and give them back to me.

“I’m happy on these four days of racing. It was a great return to racing. Now, head to the National champions before the Giro. Hopefully, an exciting time is coming.”

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