Stephen Cummings made a surprise attack inside the final kilometre to take the stage 3 victory at Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The Dimension Data rider crossed the line just ahead of the sprint won by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in second and Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) in third.
Mikel Landa finished safely in the bunch and so he retained his 1-second advantage over Wilco Kelderman. Things will get much harder in tomorrow’s fourth stage which has a total of six climbs on a day full of ups and downs. In the finale, the riders will tackle the famous and brutally steep wall in Aia before they descend the final 13.1km to the finish in Orio. The climb is just 1.8km long but as it averages 12.22%, it is expected to do some damage.
Tour of the Basque Country 2016 – stage 3 results (Vitoria-Gasteiz – Lesaka):
|1||Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data||5:01:57|
|2||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge|
|3||Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo|
|4||Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step|
|5||Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team|
|6||Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|7||Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal|
|8||Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA|
|9||Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha|
|10||Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky|
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