Aru solos to dramatic victory in stage 3 at Dauphiné

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Fabio Aru (Astana) completed a marvelous solo attack on stage 3 of the Criterium du Dauphiné and won his first race in 2016.

Having launched what looked like a suicidal solo move with 13km to go, he held off the chasing peloton by two seconds to take his first win of the year, with a frustrated Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) beating Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek) in the sprint for second.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) managed to rejoin the field after a mechanical and so retained his leader’s jersey with a six-second advantage over Richie Porte (BMC). He should have his final easier day in tomorrow’s fourth stage which only has two category 4 climbs in the first half. The stage ends with one lap of a lumpy 32km circuit around Belley but the sprinters are expected to get their final chance before the race heads into the mountains.

Criterium du Dauphiné 2016 – stage 3 results (Boën-sur-Lignon – Tournon):

1 Fabio Aru (Astana)

4:19:54

2 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

+02”

3 Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)

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4 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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6 Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)

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7 Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEDGE)

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8 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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9 Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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10 Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

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General classification after stage 3:

1 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

13:13:10

2 Richie Porte (BMC)

+06”

3 Christopher Froome (Sky)

+09”

4 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+21”

5 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+24”

6 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)

+27”

7 Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)

+31”

8 Diego Rosa (Astana)

+37”

9 Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)

+43”

10 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+48”

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