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"During the stage we made sure that the break wasn't too far and in the final I tried to close the gap. Then I attacked and because Adria Mobil was already riding the whole day I knew that I had a good chance to win."

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08.05.2015 @ 18:30 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Joshua Edmondson of An Post-ChainReaction won the third stage of the Tour d’Azerbaijan, using a late escape to beat the peloton in Gabala. The sprint of the field went to Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) ahead of Matej Mugerli (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), one second back.
Race leader Primoz Roglic (Adria Mobil) easily maintained his status but lost the mountain jersey to Alexander Surutkovych (Synergy Baku Cycling Project). Kump’s third place finish was enough to re-secure him the sprint jersey.
A seven-man break group was away for most of the stage, but near the end it was absorbed back into the field, until only Luis Lemus (Airgas-Safeway) was left in the front. He tried desperately to hold on to his lead, but Edmondson caught and passed him with only a few kilometers to go.
177 riders took off in Gabala under brilliant blue skies and sunshine. It didn’t take long for the break group to form, and Surutkovych (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy Team), Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Minsk Cycling Club), Josten Vaidem (National Team Estonia), and Michail Kortsidakis (National Team Greece) took off. They were soon joined by Kasper Asgreen (MLP Team Bergstrasse).
Turek took the first of the two intermediate sprints, and Surutkovych the day’s only mountain ranking.
The group grew to seven with the addition of Luis Lemus (Airgas-Safeway). Surutkovych sat up, having achieved his goal. With nine kilometers still to go, there were four riders ahead with only 30 seconds. Lemus jumped out and took the lead, hoping to solo in and avoid the expected mass sprint, as the others were absorbed.
He didn’t stand a chance though, as Joshua Edmondson (An Post-ChainReaction) caught and passed him. The Briton fought hard and crossed the finish line only one second ahead of the onrushing peloton.
Rider Quotes

Joshua Edmondson (An Post - ChainReaction, stage winner)
"Today was a good stage for me. It was a hard final with a long climb. During the stage we made sure that the break wasn't too far and in the final I tried to close the gap. Then I attacked and because Adria Mobil was already riding the whole day I knew that I had a good chance to win."

Primoz Roglic (Adria Mobil, leader in GC)
"It is our main goal to keep this blue jersey till the end of this Tour. My team did a good job to keep me in good position today, I was always in the front. I'm happy to wear this jersey for another day."

Marko Kump (Adria Mobil, 2nd place, leader in Points)
"We worked for the win today as we saw a good opportunity for me. But we just came a few meters too short to win another stage. But my team worked hard as we had to defend the blue jersey. It was unfortunate, but we still have some other opportunities. This Tour has a good organization and there are always a lot of people at the side of the road." 

Aleksandr Surutkovic (Synergy Baku Cycling Project, leader in GPM)
"After yesterday's stage I had still not enough points for the mountain jersey so the coach decided we should go for the mountain points at today's stage. I tried to get in the breakaway early, that was quite hard because of the high pace. But I succeed and was able to pick up the points."

Frantisek Sisr (Team Dukla Praha, leader in Young)
"This is a big achievement for me and of course I want to win this jersey, so it's my goal to keep it till the end. And I will also try to win a stage. Why not? Tomorrow is again a new race."



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