- The stage went calmly, without big problems. Unfortunately, due to illness, Pello Bilbao could not start and was forced to quit the race. So, tomorrow we will have an important time trial. I think, in the morning we will recon the distance with the riders and will see, what kind of race is waiting for us, - explained Dmitri Sedoun.
The photo finish decided the winner of the third stage of the race (Nation Towers – Big Flag, 133 km): the German Phil Bauhaus overpassed his compatriot Marcel Kittel. Another German rider Pascal Achermann was third. Astana’s Riccardo Minali was close to the Top-10 of the stage, finishing at 15th place.
The Italian rider Elia Viviani still holds the red jersey of the overall race leader. Riccardo Minali is 19th, +0.13 behind the leader.
Already tomorrow, the general classification of the race will be shaken dramatically due to the results of the individual time trial at Al Maryah Island (12,6 km).
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