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Local rookie Kueng rides solo to win stage in Switzerland

AP, FRIBOURG, Switzerland

BMC cyclist Stefan Kueng celebrates after winning the third stage of the Tour de Romandie from La Neuveville to Fribourg in Switzerland on Friday.

Photo: AFP

Swiss rookie Stefan Kueng rode to an impressive solo victory on a rain-soaked Tour of Romandie fourth stage in Switzerland on Friday.

The 21-year-old Kueng, the track world champion in pursuit, went clear with about 25km left to finish 38 seconds ahead of Jan Bakelants of Belgium.

Third-placed Bertjan Lindeman of the Netherlands was a second further back.

Michael Albasini of Switzerland finished safely near the front of the main pack less than a minute behind Kueng to retain the overall lead.

Kueng got in a breakaway early in the 170km ride from La Neuveville to Fribourg. The group had only four riders when he made a decisive move.

“I like the rain, I like the cold so this morning I was thinking about how I could win,” said Kueng, who is in his debut season with BMC Racing’s top-tier squad.

“It was a time trial to the end,” he added.

After three straight stage wins for Swiss riders on relatively flat roads, the six-day race was to move into the mountains yesterday.

Two-time defending champion Chris Froome of Britain is in third place, just 20 seconds behind Albasini, ahead of a challenging 162.7km trek from Fribourg to Champex-Lac.

Froome starts with a 17-second advantage over Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, the last year’s Tour de France winner, and 40 over Nairo Quintana. The Colombian was the runner-up in Froome’s 2013 Tour victory and won the Giro d’Italia last season.

The race is to end today with an individual time trial in Lausanne.

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