photo credit @ BMC Racing
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) claimed stage 3 of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico today, after fending off challenges from Peter Sagan and Zdenek Stybar in a hotly contested uphill sprint finish.
With the exception of a small breakaway group of 5 riders, who managed to stay out in front until the final 18 kilometers, the peloton remained together for most of today’s 203 kilometer stage from Cascina to Arezzo.
However, as the race entered into the final few kilometers, teams began ushering their respective sprinters to the front.
In the case of Van Avermaet, he managed to latch onto his teammate Daniel Oss during the final 2 kilometers, which served to launch the Belgian rider into perfect position to contest the final 200 meter, uphill finish – holding off last minute surges by Sagan and Stybar.
As a result of his victory today, Van Avermaet is now the overall race leader, with a 2 second lead over Sagan and an 8-second gap over previous leader Adriano Malori (Movistar).
“I knew this finish would suit me. The last 200 meters I was in front and it was still far. But I [was able] to keep the guys off,” Van Avermaet said afterward. “It’s always nice when you get the first victory of the season, especially in a WorldTour race. I’m very happy with this win and the leader’s jersey.”
photo credit @ twitter
Stage 3 Results
BEL 1 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING) 4:58:17
SVK 2 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF – SAXO)
CZE 3 STYBAR, Zdenek (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
ITA 4 POZZATO, Filippo (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
SUI 5 CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING)
GER 6 GESCHKE, Simon (GIANT – ALPECIN)
GER 7 MARTENS, Paul (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
UKR 8 GRIVKO, Andriy (ASTANA)
COL 9 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
NED 10 POELS, Wouter (SKY)
General Classification after Stage 3
BEL 1 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING) 8:34:31
SVK 2 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 2
ITA 3 MALORI, Adriano (MOVISTAR) + 8
SUI 4 CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 9
AUT 5 BRANDLE, Matthias (IAM CYCLING) + 10
LTU 6 NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas (CANNONDALE – GARMIN) + 13
GBR 7 CUMMINGS, Stephen (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 14
ESP 8 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Jonathan (MOVISTAR) + 16
NOR 9 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (MTN – QHUBEKA)
UKR 10 GRIVKO, Andriy (ASTANA) + 17
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