Edmondson sprints to strong second place on final stage of the Tour of Slovenia
Australian Alex Edmondson powered to a strong second place as the Tour of Slovenia concluded with a bunch sprint in Novo Mesto.
Team BikeExchange took a backseat for the majority of the 175km final stage before charging to the front of the peloton as the remains of the breakaway were reeled with six kilometres to go.
Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Alexander Konychev guided Edmondson through the final kilometres and dropped the former Australian champion off in prime position ahead of the tricky final corner.
Edmondson then made his move as the uphill sprint opened up, but the 27-year-old didn’t quite have the legs to overhaul stage winner Phil Bauhuas in the dash for the line.
"The boys rode awesome today to keep me in good position in the final. From previous years we knew you had to be second or third through the last corner to have any chance at the win.
I gave it my all, but I’m stoked to get second and finish a successful week with the boys. All week we rode awesome as a team so it’s a great way to finish the race off."
Gene Bates (Sport Director):
"It was a very pleasing result today, it was a great way to finish the week. We were close to getting the win, but I think we can be satisfied with second place, Bauhaus is a world-class sprinter, so we’re happy with today. The boys showed great commitment and they delivered Edmondson to the finish to do his thing.
In terms of the full week, we didn’t quite achieve our goal of winning a stage, obviously today we went very close. It’s good to see Tanel [Kangert] achieve a good result in the overall.
I think we got the most out of this team that we could, everyone was fully committed and race-ready when we came in, and we can walk away quite satisfied, but still hungry for more."
2021 Tour of Slovenia Stage 5 – Results:
1. Phil Bauhaus 4:12:05
2. Alex Edmondson (Team BikeExchange) ST
3. Heinrich Haussler ST
2021 Tour of Slovenia – Final GC:
1. Tadej Pogacar 19:23:31
2. Diego Ulissi +1’21”
3. Matteo Sobrero +1’35”
6. Tanel Kangert (Team BikeExchange) +2’34”