09.10.2022 World-Tour, News, Race news
3 PODIUMS ON THE FINAL DAY OF ROMANDIE
CANYON//SRAM Racing finished its 2022 road season today with three podiums on the final stage of the Tour de Romandie Féminin yesterday in Genéve, Switzerland.
Soraya Paladin won the points classification after going into the stage in second position. Elise Chabbey won the best Swiss rider classification which she had led from the first stage. While Ella Harris won the Most Combative rider on the final day.
Ella was in a two-rider breakaway for more than 100km of the 147km-long stage stage. With their combined efforts, the duo’s advantage of more than 6 minutes took a long time to come down, before being caught with less than 2km remaining. Behind, Elise helped position Soraya for the bunch sprint. With several riders spread across the width of the road in the sprint, the stage was narrowly won by Marta Lach (WNT) and Soraya sprinted to fifth.
Read the reactions from the riders.
Soraya Paladin: “It was a chaotic sprint. Elise did a good job for me in the last kilometre, positioning me, and I tried to do my best. It’s not a podium, but in the end, with the fifth place, I managed to win the points jersey.”
“We were all motivated to finish the season in a good way. We were committed to the goals, and this focused our approach to the race. We were united and raced smart. It was nice to see three of us on the podium today.”
Elise Chabbey: “I didn’t get the results I aimed for at this race. It’s nice, of course, to win the best Swiss rider, even if there are not so many of us. There was a lot of attention on me as a Swiss rider on this tour which I’m not used to, but to have a World Tour race at home was special. I tried to enjoy every stage with many family and friends as spectators on the sides of the roads.”
Ella Harris: “There had been a hard pace on the day’s main climb, followed by many attacks over the top. I followed a couple of attacks and then sensed that the Liv rider (Quinty Ton) was looking to make a move, so followed her when she launched. We immediately went into a technical downhill so could stretch out some time there, and the terrain was quite undulating after that, so we had to ride hard to hold off any response from the peloton.”
“I was initially surprised when we suddenly had 4 minutes, and 6 minutes seemed very generous! I knew it would come down fast, though, because my legs were rather fried, and we had a couple of climbs. Getting the combative award was a nice reward for a big ol’ day, and cool to get back into a breakaway again finally!”