Aru solos to dramatic victory in stage 3 at Dauphiné

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)


2 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)


3 Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)


4 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)


5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


6 Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)


7 Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEDGE)


8 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


9 Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


10 Arthur Vichot (FDJ)


General classification after stage 3:

1 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)


2 Richie Porte (BMC)


3 Christopher Froome (Sky)


4 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)


5 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)


6 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


7 Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)


8 Diego Rosa (Astana)


9 Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)


10 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)