Lucas Hamilton's case for a maiden Tour de France has gotten stronger, following a third WorldTour top ten finish of the season.
The Ararat export held his own in a star-studded peloton, clinching eighth in the general classification at the Tour de Romandie.
"I'm pretty happy with where I'm at. I came into this race a little bit concerned after not going so well at Liege, and it took a while before we hit the mountains and we hit the mountains yesterday and to end up in the top ten; I'm pretty happy," Hamilton said.
The 25-year-old has thrived in a new leadership role for Team BikeExchange and was the Australian outfit's main man in the 10-stage event held in the alpine regions of western Switzerland.
"That's three WorldTour week-long races in the top-10 in a row now, so it shows that I'm able to progress as a GC rider," Hamilton said.
"All three of the week-long races I've done have been very different in their own right.
"To finish top ten in all of them shows consistency, and I'm on the path that I want to be on to pull off a big result.
"Top ten is not a win, so I'd like to bag something soon, but it's a good progression."
Hamilton has not been named in Team BikeExchange's lineup for this month's Giro d'Italia - an event he's performed well at the past two years in a support role.
Instead, he will likely be the team's general classification hope at the eight-stage Tour de Suisse in early July, with one eye on gaining a spot in the peloton at the Tour de France starting later that month.
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