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Swiss grabs third place in Tour de Romandie

Sven Montgomery took the third place in the penultimate round of the Tour de Romandie Keystone Archive

The Swiss cyclist, Sven Montgomery, has taken third position in the fourth and penultimate stage of Switzerland's Tour de Romandie. He currently lies fifth in the overall rankings.

This content was published on May 12, 2001 - 23:32

After a furious sprint, Montgomery finished just behind the Spaniard Manuel Beltran, and three seconds from the winner of Saturday's race, Italy's Gilberto Simoni. The Swiss racer is now 1'54'' behind the current leader of the Tour, Dario Frigo, who finished sixth.

In the overall rankings, Frigo is 43 seconds ahead of Spain's Felix Garcia Casas, and 1'04'' faster than his Italian compatriot Wladimir Belli.

The race on Saturday was one of the most demanding yet, with teams having to fight their way through a 167-kilometre mountain ordeal between St-Aubin and Nendaz. With steep climbs up to the Col des Mosses and to the stage finish at Nendaz station, the riders had to negotiate a total ascent of more than two vertical kilometres.

The 55th Tour de Romandie comes to a close on Sunday in Geneva.

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