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Alex Moos today again best BMC and best Swiss rider. (Foto by Tim De Waele)
Alex Moos today again best BMC and best Swiss rider. (Foto by Tim De Waele)

Alex Moos moves up GC in exciting Romandie Queen Stage

3. May 2008

Zinal

The Tour de Romandie organizers threw everything they could at the riders when planning the 4th stage jaunt from Sion to Zinal. 

They managed to pack in four Category 1 climbs into just 126 km of racing.  The stage began with a 10km uncategorized climb, and from then on would challenge the racers with its very jagged profile. 

All for Alex

The team management declared their intentions of throwing all the team’s resources behind Alex Moos who has displayed very good form this past week.  “We were working for Alex and he certainly had a good ride,” Chilcott said.  John Lelangue who drove the team car at the pointy end of the race, agreed with this assessment. “Alex had a good stage and finished 20th, just behind the very elite group of leaders,” he said.  “With minimal time loss today, he will certainly move up in the GC overnight.”  Indeed, race results show that Moos has jumped nearly 20 places and now sits in 26th place.  The management could also be pleased with the efforts made by the team as a whole.  “We had Jeff Louder constantly with Alex up until the final climb,” Lelangue said.  “And Steve Bovay, Martin Kohler and Ian McKissick were able always to catch back up and give Alex the support he needed in the sections between each climb.”  “It was a hard day since it was very fast from the gun,” Louder reported.  “I was focused on placing myself in a position to help Alex.” Lelangue continued, “I am very impressed with their rides, particularly Martin’s since he is not really a climber and much more a sprinter.”  Martin Kohler finished very high in the prologue on Tuesday and hinted at his underestimated climbing expectations at that time.  Today he delivered for the team, climbing with aplomb.  “It was a hard day since we kicked off immediately with a climb, and the first two category climbs were very fast,” Martin said.  “After initially just hanging on, I was able to work hard on the next climb and give Alex as much support as possible, though in the end, the speed on the final climb was a bit much for me.”

No breakaway ideas today; perhaps a different story tomorrow

“At the expense of having more freedom in the breakaways, we planned on working for Alex today,” Chilcott said.  Martin Kohler had his own take on that assessment.  “For me it was never a question of getting into a break today,” Kohler admitted.  “From the beginning of the first climb, I was pretty much pegged; holding on was hard enough, accelerating would have been pretty out of the question.  I was suffering on the climbs, but would provide my help to Alex on the descents and in the valleys.”  However, Stage 5 will present more fertile ground for attacks.  “We haven’t definitely laid out any plans,” Martin said, “but tomorrow will certainly be a good opportunity for a breakaway group.”  With the General Classification basically settled, the lumpy ride to Lausanne might be a prime chance for the opportunists to make a mark.  “The race situation certainly could allow for a successful breakaway,” Kohler predicted, “and if I can be in a situation like that, my sprinting could help me take full advantage of the situation.”  Another ambition BMC has is to perhaps break the current deadlock in the sprints classification. “I am still tied for first in the Sprints classification,” Ian McKissick reported.  “In any case we would want to get someone in the breakaway tomorrow, but if I can be up there, then I could have a pretty good shot at winning that jersey, which would be amazing.”