Michael Matthews won stage 3 of the 2014 Vuelta al País Vasco y in Vitoria-Gastiez, Spain today. The Australian rider profited from a strong lead out by his teammate Simon Gerrans during an the uphill sprint – after 194 kilometers of racing that began in Urdazubi.
Meanwhile, Kevin Reza finished second, with Michal Kwiatkowski again finishing in third place.
Alberto Contador managed to finish safety within the peloton to retain his overall lead with three stages remaining. The Spanish rider leads his fellow countryman Alejandro Valverde by 14 seconds.
The Vuelta al País Vasco continues tomorrow with a 151 kilometer stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Arrate (Eibar), which features a total of five 1st and 2nd category climbs, including the challenging Alto de Usartza just 2 kilometers from the finish.
Stage 3 Results AUS 1 MATTHEWS, Michael (ORICA GreenEDGE) 5:02:09 FRA 2 REZA, Kévin (EUROPCAR) POL 3 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) GBR 4 SWIFT, Ben (SKY) GER 5 MARTENS, Paul (BELKIN) JPN 6 ARASHIRO, Yukiya (EUROPCAR) ITA 7 RATTO, Daniele (CANNONDALE) KAZ 8 IGLINSKIY, Maxim (ASTANA) ITA 9 GASPAROTTO, Enrico (ASTANA) BEL 10 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh (LOTTO BELISOL)
General Classification after Stage 3 ESP 1 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) 12:54:03 ESP 2 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 14 POL 3 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 34 ITA 4 CUNEGO, Damiano (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 36 AUS 5 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) FRA 6 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe (AG2R LA MONDIALE) ESP 7 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) RUS 8 TROFIMOV, Yury (KATUSHA) CZE 9 KREUZIGER, Roman (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 54 ESP 10 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (ASTANA) JPN 11 ARASHIRO, Yukiya (EUROPCAR) + 56 NED 12 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte (GARMIN SHARP) FRA 13 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ.fr) NED 14 POELS, Wouter (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 58
ESP 15 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel (BMC RACING)
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