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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) won the third stage of this year’s Volta a Catalunya today, after attacking a lead group of seven riders during the final two kilometers – to seize the win.
Meanwhile, Europcar’s Pierre Rolland moved up in the general classification, to take over the race lead.
Pozzovivo claimed a solo victory in Girona, just ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep), Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Fabio Aru (Astana), Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin).
The lead group came together on the slopes of Alt dels Angels during the final 15 kilometers, with Cannondale’s Talansky and Martin bridging themselves to the leaders on the descent.
From there, riders took turns driving the pace at the front, until Pozzovivo’s well timed attack up the left-hand side of the road during the last 2 kilometers.
In the meantime, the first chase group finished 22 seconds later.
Stage 3 Results
ITA 1 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) 3:52:36
IRL 2 MARTIN, Daniel (CANNONDALE – GARMIN) + 3
COL 3 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
ESP 4 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO)
ITA 5 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
AUS 6 PORTE, Richie (SKY)
USA 7 TALANSKY, Andrew (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
ITA 8 ROSA, Diego (ASTANA) + 22
NED 9 KELDERMAN, Wilco (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
ESP 10 LOSADA ALGUACIL, Alberto (KATUSHA)
General Classification after Stage 3
FRA 1 ROLLAND, Pierre (EUROPCAR) 13:29:23
ITA 2 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 2:14
COL 3 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 2:21
IRL 4 MARTIN, Daniel (CANNONDALE – GARMIN) + 2:22
ESP 5 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 2:27
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