The stage saw its winner from a daily breakaway: the Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt took a solo win, while the big group of GC contenders arrived 20 seconds later.
- Despite the stage has been modified because of the snow up there in the high mountains, we still spent a tough day on the road and the strong head wind made it even harder. In the final there were many attacks, but because of the wind nobody could do something. Our riders did a good job during the day, all our leaders finished inside the first group. So, now, we are waiting for the hardest stage of the race tomorrow, - said sports director Bruno Cenghialta.
Stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya started in Sant Cugat and finished after 153,2 km in Camprodon. A group of riders went away in the first part of the stage. At the last climb of the day it was De Gendt, who attacked his breakaway companions. He was able to get a good advantage over the main group and to hold it until the finish line.
Inside the last 10 km of the race a few riders launched an attack from the peloton to try to catch De Gendt and to get some seconds to other rivals. But, finally, the group came back together to arrive at the finish 20 seconds behind the winner and to play second and third places in sprint. Thus, Simon Yates finished 2nd, while Thibaut Pinot did 3rd. Pello Bilbao of Astana Team took 13th place.
De Gendt became the new leader of the general classification. Astana’s Sergei Chernetskii is 25th, +0.35 behind the leader.
Stage 4 of the race will be held tomorrow: 170,8 km from Llanars to La Molina.
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