John Degenkolb continued to put his stamp on this year’s Tour Méditerranéen this morning, by beating Thor Hushovd and ltaly’s Sonny Colbrelli in a sprint finish- and claiming his third consecutive stage victory.
"Once again I have to thank my teammates for today. They have controlled the race for three days now and are still riding super strong. This afternoon I will see how I get on in the time trial, but it is more of a stage for Tobias (Ludvigsson) and he’s riding really strong at the moment."
"Starting a season like this is a great way to thank everyone who supports us, the fans, sponsors, staff. Hopefully the wins will keep coming."
Following today’s stage, Giant-Shimano’s directeur sportif Marc Reef had this to say:
"Another hat-trick, what a way to start the season. The guys are just sticking to the plan and it’s working out perfectly," he said in a press release from the team.
"Tom Peterson, Thierry Hupond and Johannes Fröhlinger did another great job on the front to control the bunch and set the rest of the guys up in a good position before the final climb with 40km to go. We expected the stage to break up a bit with the wind but it was mostly behind us so it was a fast day."
"At the end the guys set John up in a good position and he did a great sprint to finish it off. This afternoon Tobias and Warren Barguil are looking to do a strong time trial and we will make a plan for tomorrow after that."
Following today’s stage, riders prepare for a hilly 18.2 kilometer time trial set for this afternoon.
Some Scenes from Stage 2 – Climb of the Petit Galibier
Stage 3 Results
GER 1 DEGENKOLB, John (GIANT-SHIMANO) 1:45:00 NOR 2 HUSHOVD, Thor (BMC RACING) ITA 3 COLBRELLI, Sonny (BARDIANI CSF) FRA 4 PINEAU, Jérôme (IAM CYCLING) ITA 5 FELLINE, Fabio (TREK FACTORY RACING) FRA 6 FONSECA, Armindo (BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT) FRA 7 GIRAUD, Benjamin (LA POMME MARSEILLE 13) BEL 8 PLANCKAERT, Baptiste (ROUBAIX LILLE METROPOLE) FRA 9 MARTINEZ, Yannick (EUROPCAR) RUS 10 PORSEV, Alexander (KATUSHA) COL 11 DUQUE, Leonardo Fabio (COLOMBIA) FRA 12 LAPORTE, Christophe (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) POL 13 MATYSIAK, Bartlomiej (CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE)
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