Geraint Thomas Wins Stage 3 of Tour of the Alps
Funes, Italy, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina)Geraint Thomas had doubts about his form after a hard block of altitude training before the Tour of the Alps but he looked strong, determined and on track for to be at his best for the Giro d''Italia with a powerful late attack on the uphill finish of stage 3 of 143.1 kms to Funes. The Welshman won the stage and pulled on the leader''s jersey as a result.
Thomas explained that he again decided to throw caution to the wind and simply follow his instinct and â€˜race'. He was not concerned about possible defeat in his final Giro preparation race or that teammate Mikel Landa was on the attack and up the road with Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale).
Thanks to the stage winner's 10-second time bonus, Thomas now leads Pozzovivo by 16 seconds, with Pinot slipping to third at 19 seconds. Two further mountain stages remain but Thomas and Team Sky are ready to defend the fuchsia-coloured leader's jersey.
Team Sky started the five-day Tour of the Alps with just six riders, two fewer than other teams. However, Thomas insisted that the quality of his teammates was far more important than the quantity.
For the winner who is 30,this is his second win of the season after winning the Tirreno Adriátic.
In third position there was Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)3 second behind the leaders.
For Latinamerica Colombian Egan Arley Bernal and Rodolfo Torres,made 13 and 14 place.
Tomorrow they will run stage 4 of 165.3 km, between Bolzano and Cles.
Results of the 3 stage:
-1.Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 3:47.50
-2.Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY)
-3.Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/AG2R) 4 seconds.
-4.Pierre Rolland (ITA/Cannondale-Drapac) 13.
-5.Thibaut Pinot (FRA/Francaise)
-13.Egan Arley Bernal (COL/Androni) 23.
-14.Rodolfo Torres (COL/Androni) 27.
-1.Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 10:40.02 h.
-2.Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/AG2R) 16 s.
-3.Thibaut Pinot (FRA/Francaise) 19.
-4.Michele Scarponi (ITA/Astana) 21.
-5.David Formolo (ITA/Cannondale-Drapac) 31.
-12.Egan Arley Bernal (COL/Androni) 56.
-14.Rodolfo Torres (COL/Androni) 1:05 .
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